Patient Attitudes Toward AI in Healthcare: It Depends
Artificial intelligence has moved from science fiction to everyday reality in a matter of years, being used for everything from online activity to driving cars. Even, yes, to make medical diagnoses. But that doesn't mean people are ready to let AI drive all their medical decisions. The technology is quickly evolving to help guide clinical decision-making across a growing number of medical specialties and diagnoses particularly when it comes to identifying anything out of the ordinary during a colonoscopy, skin cancer check or X-ray image. New research is exploring what patients think about the use of AI in healthcare. Yale University's Sanjay Aneja, MD, and colleagues surveyed a nationally representative group of 926 patients on their comfort with the use of the technology, what concerns they have, and on their overall opinions about AI.
@sohini Most people had a positive overall opinion of AI in healthcare. The survey revealed that 11% of people believed AI will make healthcare "much better" and 45% "somewhat better" in the next 5 years. In contrast, only 4% thought AI will make healthcare "somewhat worse" and 2% responded "much worse." Most of the work in medical AI focuses on clinical areas that could benefit most, "but rarely do we ask ourselves which areas patients really want AI to impact their healthcare," says Aneja, senior study author and assistant professor in the Department of Therapeutic Radiology at Yale School of Medicine.