At the moment, most health-related applications of AI are at the research or early trial stage and it is not yet clear how successful they will be in wider healthcare systems. Several areas of clinical care where AI is thought to have strong potentials, such as the analysis of medical images and scans for early signs of disease, or monitoring of patients’ vital signs for indications of deterioration.

Potential loss of dignity and human contact if technologies are used to replace carers

AI in medical care systems

Some healthcare providers are also testing AI systems to assist with administrative tasks such as scheduling, and as a first point of contact for health information and triage. There is hope that AI could help address challenges associated with the ‘care gap’ and aging populations, and could assist people with chronic disease, disability, and frailty in the home.

Legal approach

There are also issues unique to AI which have provoked much ethical and philosophical, as well as legal, debate. For example, the possibility that AI can assist or make decisions that have significant consequences for individuals raises questions about the distribution of responsibility and authority, and the role of (whose) moral values and principles in decision-making.

Ethical point of view

However, there are both practical and ethical questions about how these can and will work, including how to ensure privacy for users, and mitigate for the potential loss of dignity and human contact if technologies are used to replace carers. Read more HERE (News Medical Life Sciences, 7/6/2018).