There is a lot of buzz about artificial intelligence (AI) these days. To date, AI has enjoyed amazing successes and endured embarrassing failures. People love to believe that technology can fix everything. After all, it does have a pretty good track record over the past 2,000 years. But it can often be hard to separate science from science fiction. Where do we draw the line between AI hope and hype?
According to a 2017 report commissioned by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), we are facing an unprecedented shortage of doctors in America. By 2030, we may be short over 100,000 physicians. Medical specialties that are expected to be hardest hit include primary care, surgery, and psychiatry. Over the same period, the percentage of Americans over 65, who require the most healthcare resources, is expected to increase by 55%. This is a huge problem.
An Emergency Department (ED) is one of those things that you hate to need and you love to hate. EDs have been much-maligned, characterized as error-prone money-wasters and “loss leaders.” Some healthcare policy-makers have targeted EDs as major contributors to healthcare costs spiraling out of control. They could not be more wrong.