CSIRO reports surge in AI in healthcare

Australia’s national science agency CSIRO AI Trends for Healthcare report identifies the opportunities and challenges facing the continued and inevitable integration of AI in Australia’s healthcare sector – from clinical decision support to administrative tasks.  

The use of AI in healthcare is unique because the accuracy of models could mean the difference between life or death, or ongoing health or illness, said Research Director of CSIRO’s Australian e-Health Research Centre (AEHRC), Dr David Hansen.

“A key difference between the use of AI in healthcare compared to other industries is the use of AI in decision making for prevention, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment,” he said.  

“As we strive to create newer and better digital tools to harness the benefits of AI in healthcare, frameworks and ethical implementation along with established safety, quality and monitoring guidelines continue to be imperative.” 

Rapid expansion

Digitalisation of Australia’s hospital records system or electronic medical records (EMRs) is rapidly expanding, the report also noted.

EMRs and other clinical systems are likely to provide the platform for implementing AI technologies, with uses in areas such as imaging, diagnosis, and treatment, as well as tasks such as reconciliation of reports or analysis of clinical data.  

“There is more health and medical data out there than ever before, so data privacy and security are a growing challenge. AI can play an important role in allowing Australians to have full access to and control over their health data,” said Dr Hansen.

Medical research will be a significant winner from the digitisation of healthcare and the introduction of AI algorithms, as medical research institutions invest in infrastructure to harness the power of the data being generated, according to the report.

“We’re at the cusp of an extraordinary era in medicine. For the first time, machines can provide efficient administrative support for clinicians and education for patients, diagnose and predict disease and inform clinical decision making,” said Dr Hansen. 

“If done with care, thought and safety, embedding AI in healthcare is an opportunity to drastically improve the work lives of medical professions and the health and wellbeing of consumers.” 

The report highlights the aged care and disability sectors as also being able to benefit substantially from the improved support and vigilance offered by AI.  

“Our research shows the benefits of AI’s capacity for the analysis of large data sets for disease control and for clinical support in high demand such as medical imaging. All of this shows great promise for increasing digital health impact,” said Dr Hansen.  

The AI Trends for Healthcare report is available here.

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