Should Artificial Intelligence Care for the Terminally Ill?

Should Artificial Intelligence Care for the Terminally Ill?

Caring for the terminally ill can be hard. It’s often those terminal patients who encounter medical errors or lack of support at the very end of their lives. Whether it is due to lack of resources, being understaffed, or simply an oversight, the end of life shouldn’t be tainted with such experiences. This is why health specialists have been developing new ways to use Artificial Intelligence care in the medical field. From data analysis to keep track of the terminally ill to actual bots providing care services – artificial intelligence can transform the way the terminally ill are cared for.

Is AI a good option for the terminally ill?

To answer that question we have to discuss how AI is currently being used.

While healthcare isn’t fully using artificial intelligence there are other fields that are. Take, for instance, how AI helps the disabled, as well as the “AI Lawyer” created by a teenage programmer in the UK last year. The latter had a 65% success rate and has appealed about 160,000 of 250,000 parking tickets in the UK as well as New York.

If a 19-year-old can create an artificially intelligent bot that can successfully appeal parking tickets, who’s to say that an AI program or robot can’t be created to successfully care for a terminal patient? An AI system could be used in conjunction with a human nurse to monitor the patient around the clock and keep track of his or her status.

AI as Friends and Caretakers

But artificial intelligence could even go as far as helping the patient’s family as well: from keeping them up-to-date to making sure they’re also attended to; exactly what a friend or caretaker would be able to do.

AI is already making some waves when it comes to medical issues like this. Medical start-up Sense.ly recently created Molly, a virtual nurse that’s the first of its kind. Molly helps people monitor their health, conditions, and treatments. Molly operates as an interface that uses machine learning to help people with chronic illnesses.

 

Because artificial intelligence is already starting to be used in this kind of manner, it makes sense that we could quite possibly see AI being used to care for patients and their families by extension.

However, another question arises when we talk about care for the terminally ill. Who would provide this care? The hospital, the doctors, or would the families be responsible for finding an AI suitable enough on their own? It would make sense that a medical institution would want to this kind of service as well as regulate it, and even the AI itself would care, offer, and grant the service options as time passes.

There will be plenty of options later on down the road, but for now, getting artificially intelligent machines to that level is a priority.

However, because AI is still in its infancy when it comes to healthcare, it’s important to discuss and prepare for AI implementation to avoid certain potential pitfalls. For example, understanding Ethical AI standards, the needs and process of the medial field and its professionals, as well as patient awareness of how artificially intelligent robots can truly help.

It’s also important companies creating these AI systems and the decision-makers measure the effectiveness of the process, support, service, and more.

AI in healthcare could work, as well as Artificial intelligence for terminally ill patients. It’s just a matter of getting the right people involved, the right development, all around monitoring, and quick involvement and upgrades.

What do you think? Avoid such a direction at all costs or it’s the right way to go?

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