Last Updated : February 27, 2024
Another emerging application of artificial intelligence (AI) within the health care system is to change the way health professionals approach patient consultations and develop treatment plans. The ability to make data-driven predictions can play a major role in health screening (e.g., cancer screening) by alerting health professionals to early signs of disease. AI for use by health professionals is likely to be disruptive because it could change how treatment decisions are made in real time and bring the technology to the people responsible for providing care or making decisions about care needs.
A CADTH Environmental Scan on AI and machine learning trends in mental health services indicated the use of these tools within the context of clinical practices in Canada is still quite limited. Further evidence is needed to assess the effectiveness of certain AI apps. Better data collection is necessary to build prediction models, such as those used to support decision-making for COVID-19. Additionally, trust in AI will need to be developed.
Some current and potential use cases of AI in health care delivery include: