Every year as many as 400,000 fatalities of Americans are reported because of medical errors, many of which can be prevented by building ambient intelligence in the environment where patients are treated. The use of electronic devices and artificial intelligence can help medical professionals observe and treat patients who are at risk, and improve health outcomes while maintaining privacy.
“The ability to setup technologies into the physical environment where healthcare is rendered is at hand. This will help reduce the rate of fatal errors that happen due to high volumes of patients and complex nature of their care,” stated an associate at the Clinical Excellence Research Center, Stanford.
The study to review ‘ambient intelligence ‘carried out by a trio of researchers is presented in Nature paper. Meanwhile, ambient intelligence is an interdisciplinary effort to setup smart hospital rooms geared with AI that can do a host of things to improve patient outcomes. For example, electronic sensors and AI can immediately raise an alert if clinicians and patient visitors miss to use the sanitizer for hands before entering a hospital room.
AI-driven Tools suitable for Home Environments too
AI-driven setup can help to render healthcare in home environments too. AI tools can be incorporated into smart homes where technology could relentlessly monitor the elderly, who are at risk, for behavioral signs of impending health crises. In the event of any such sign, AI tools can alert for caregivers at home, clinicians who are monitoring remotely, and patients themselves to carry out timely, life-saving interventions.
“While ambient technologies have a number of potential benefits, they also account for legal and regulatory concerns, as well as privacy concerns,” said one of the co-authors of the paper.