NHS Study on Future of Healthcare Foresees Voice Assistants Helping Clinicians and Home-Based Patient Care

NHS Study on Future of Healthcare Foresees Voice Assistants Helping Clinicians and Home-Based Patient Care

In a new report on the future of digital technologies in healthcare, the British National Health System highlights speech recognition, which is used in conjunction with speech assistants and chatbots.
The report leads off by saying:

As people live longer, but also with more long-term conditions, there is an inexorable increase in the demand for healthcare.

In addition to the focus on genomics and personalized medicine, digital medicine and AI technologies are cited as the categories that will have the greatest impact.

The report takes a closer look at speech recognition technologies as they can help physicians become more effective and enable more patient interaction, both with physicians and through digital channels.

Using AI-based technologies, automated image interpretation in radiology and pathology will lead to faster diagnosis, while speech recognition has the potential to free up more staff time to deliver care. AI will transform patient-generated data into clinically useful information and empower patients to manage their own health or seek appropriate health support…

 

Voice assistance technology in healthcare can be very useful in two cases.

Case 1: It serves as an assistant for clinicans allowing faster access to more information. This results in a more focus on the patient.But also enabling hands-free applications in surgery rooms would be helpful.

Case 2: She serves as a virtual medical coach for the patient and supports him in the treatment of diabetes, depression and other chronic diseases.

 

Sources: Preparing the healthcare workforce to deliver the digital future (Topol Review) February 2019

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