The use of AI (artificial intelligence) and ML (machine learning) will be the disrupting influence changing entire industries throughout the next decade. The use of it is occurring in a wide range of applications from ERP (enterprise resource planning) and manufacturing software to content management, collaboration, and user productivity. Predictions show artificial intelligence and machine learning are being considered by many organizations today.

According to the recently updated IDC (Intl. Data Corp.) Worldwide Artificial Intelligence Systems Spending Guide, spending on AI systems will reach $97.9 billion in 2023, more than two and one half times the $37.5 billion that will be spent in 2019.

IDC finds strategic decision makers across all industries are now dealing with the question of how to effectively proceed with AI. Some have been more successful than others, as evidenced by banking, retail, manufacturing, healthcare, and professional services firms, making up more than half of the AI spend.

Healthcare owners recognize this tech trend is coming and are adapting. As one example, Simone Healthcare Development, a hospital construction company, says AI has redefined the healthcare field with developments in the areas of artificial voice technology and artificial intelligence medical assisting. The primary goal is bridging the gap between artificial intelligence understanding treatment techniques and then applying them to patients in order to achieve improved case outcomes. Artificial intelligence aims to mimic normal human cognitive functions in order to produce quality care that doesn’t rely on physical physicians.

The company sees three additional trends in healthcare that will have an impact on hospitals and their construction.

Telehealth, as well as telecommunications, has taken the medical world by storm. Telehealth improves healthcare by transforming in-person care into a personal service that can be accessed remotely. Health-related services can be obtained through electronic information allowing for long distance health management, which replaces the need for in-office visits.

Wearable apps now allow patients to proactively manage their own health and prevent disease by collecting and reviewing relevant health data. This innovative technology will allow for extreme accuracy for medical prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Wearable apps will bring on a series of transformations to healthcare.

Wayfinding can simply mean just physical navigation, but wayfinding technologies refers to the mobile applications that offer directional instructions and guide individuals through a physical place. Recent wayfinding trends in healthcare environments include implementing mobile apps, digital adaptive signage, and interactive kiosks equipped with touchscreens. These developments incorporate smart wayfinding technology in a professional medical setting with ease and accessibility.

AI is already improving, changing, and redeveloping how industries function, including healthcare. In the case of healthcare, it is helping understand treatment techniques and applying them to patients in order to get the best results.

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