AI (Artificial Intelligence) has been a factor for other industries for many years now, and over the last decade it also started to turn the heads of medical professionals throughout the healthcare setting. Like any other tool developed for medicine, it’s all about empowering healthcare professionals and giving them access to technologies that enhance their capacity for care and help break down barriers that were seemingly unbreachable.
We’re seeing AI move further and further away from fringe technologies into tools that have real potential, such as the rise of AI-generated art, and the advances made in written content creation. The ‘AI Revolution’ has begun, and medicine is already seeing potential applications across the clinical setting.
A logical evolutionary step
There’s a great deal of hype around AI, but with so much noise surrounding the topic, it’s understandably a little overwhelming for new users to know where to start. That hype has led to a massive influx of products and tools, and a crowded market only adds to the confusion. The current landscape of medical AI has also led to a potential loss of control for radiologists, so trust is at a premium.
Any new technology tipping point experiences a similar reception. Take the Gutenberg press, for example. Prior to its invention in 1440, book production was a highly intensive manual task that made the sharing of knowledge complex, costly, and time intensive. Johannes Gutenberg’s innovation enabled printers to produce thousands of pages per day, kickstarting what we now know as the ‘Printing Revolution’. This automated technology was met with a great deal of caution and trepidation, but like any truly disruptive technology, it ultimately helped change the world. AI has been met with a similar mindset, but its potential is just as great.
Generative not sentient
But AI continues to make leaps and bounds. There’s a reason the topic is almost always in the news in some form. Just take the recent developments with ChatGPT - and its most recent iteration, GPT-4 - and how far that tool has evolved and improved in a short period of time. It’s a platform that’s learning and evolving at an almost frightening rate, but just like the Gutenberg press, AI is already helping users generate high-quality content in a fraction of the time.
For radiologists, increasing diagnostic accuracy and speed is a constant concern. As a medical device, AI presents the next logical step as it provides a means of automating many of the manual tasks that consume so much of their valuable time. All that hype can often generate concern over the potential for AI to replace the position of medical professionals, but it’s important to remember that - for all its advances - AI is still just a tool. This is generative AI, not sentient AI - this is man and machine working together, rather than one making the other obsolete.
There’s simply too much potential to simply disregard AI as another passing technological fad. Look beyond all the marketing hype and noise and there’s something far more exciting to be found - a holy grail of automation capability. We should always consider the ethical and economic factors involved, but that doesn’t mean AI doesn’t have a valid contribution to make to the radiology profession and the wider medical community.
Bridging the technology gap
This is where Osimis can help. We completely agree with the sentiments above and the need to treat emergent technologies with the utmost respect. As the original co-creators of Orthanc - the free, trusted and open-source DICOM server - Osimis aims to bridge the gap between vendors and hospitals. We leverage a deep knowledge of digital imaging in radiology and combine it with expertise in using AI to enhance data security, training, interdepartmental collaboration, etc.
We’re here to connect healthcare professionals with the technology vendors that are most suited to the unique requirements of their medical setting. Every vendor goes through a strict verification process to ensure the technology at their fingertips is secure and reliable. With a single AI vendor platform, we take away the stress of wading through an ocean of potential possibilities and filter it down to an easy-to-navigate operational dashboard. That way you have complete oversight of your investment, with a clear and logical AI roadmap that will benefit you and your patients for years to come.
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