Artificial Intelligence’s role in solving the looming US doctor shortage


The Association of American Medical Colleges is predicting that the United States will face a doctor shortage of up to 122,000 doctors by the year 2032. The physician shortage is due to the growing US population as people are now living longer, healthier lives. The solution to this doctor shortage may not be more doctors, but rather augmenting our current doctors with AI technology.

AIs application in the medical field will free up physician’s time, allowing them to cater to the needs of a greater number of patients. The first applications of AI in the medical field will center around disease diagnostics, where physicians often spend large chunks of their day. The AI ability to instantaneously screen images and provide results will lead to quicker and more accurate diagnoses of patient diseases, leading to better patient outcomes.

Undoubtedly, AIs role in the future of medicine will expand beyond disease diagnostics. The growth of AI however may depend on the speed of the FDA as well as data privacy regulators. The expansion of AI in the medical field may lead to new entrants in the space, and a revolution of healthcare as we know it.


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