Digital technology is driving rapid, fundamental changes to almost every aspect of daily life — including the delivery of healthcare. Today, patients expect healthcare to be convenient, accessible, and delivered seamlessly, much in the same way they might order an item from Amazon.
Health system leaders are under tremendous pressure to find cost-effective solutions aimed at improving patient outcomes and operational efficiency. While balancing these demands is challenging, advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) can help make healthcare work better for everyone.
Artificial intelligence is a powerful tool that can increase the speed, efficiency, and effectiveness of global health systems. By analyzing large amounts of data in real time, AI can help improve clinical and nonclinical decision making, reduce medical variability, and optimize staffing. Likewise, AI can reduce the volume of tedious administrative tasks that often lead to burnout among healthcare professionals.
1. Improves accuracy
With staff stretched thin by the pandemic, reducing clinician burden is vital. Artificial intelligence can help improve the accuracy of information that clinicians receive so they can better prioritize their time, empowering them to focus on patient care. Data from two studies presented at the Heart Rhythm Society in 2021 showed that AccuRhythm™ AI algorithms improved the accuracy of alerts generated by our LINQ II™ insertable cardiac monitors (ICM) by addressing the two most common ICM false alerts — atrial fibrillation (AF), an irregular or rapid rhythm in the upper chambers of the heart; and asystole, a long pause between heartbeats:
By differentiating between false and true alerts, this AI algorithm can help clinicians focus on the right patients at the right time in the right way.
2. Promotes interventional insights
One of the most promising applications of artificial intelligence in healthcare is its integration in diagnostic imaging analysis. By using AI to analyze images gathered during a scan, physicians can identify conditions more quickly, promoting early intervention. We incorporate AI and image analysis in the GI Genius™ intelligent endoscopy module, the first computer-aided detection system to use AI to identify pre-cancerous and cancerous colorectal polyps during a colonoscopy. The system works by scanning every visual frame of the procedure in real time and alerting physicians to the presence of lesions — including small, flat polyps that can easily go undetected by the human eye. By detecting and removing these polyps, clinicians reduce the odds of patients developing colorectal cancer.
The first trial of GI Genius™ in the United States demonstrated how the technology is having a profound impact on physicians’ ability to find precancerous polyps during a colonoscopy. The study, published in Gastroenterology, the official medical journal of the American Gastroenterologists Association, showed that GI Genius reduced missed colorectal polyps by 50% when compared to a standard colonoscopy.3 It’s AI that empowers physicians to optimally care for patients.
3. Supports training and education
Advances in technology are driving constant changes in the delivery of healthcare. Care providers must seek new training and education opportunities to adjust to this quickly evolving landscape. Artificial intelligence supports these efforts by revolutionizing the capture, storage, and analysis of surgical video. Medtronic innovation is behind Touch Surgery™ Enterprise, the first AI-powered surgical video management and analytics platform for the operating room. Studies show that video analysis can improve surgeon performance.4 And Touch Surgery™ Enterprise makes it easier to connect your operating rooms to the cloud to seamlessly record and upload video and uncover new insights.