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AI appreciation in clinical practice comes with hands-on experience and understanding of technology: GlobalData

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According to a survey conducted by GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, as artificial intelligence (AI) finds its way into healthcare, physicians recognize the true value of its advantages in clinical practice more prominently after successful implementation and regular usage in their day-to-day work.

A GlobalData survey*, “AI in Clinical Practice – Physician Perspective 2023,” reveals that healthcare professionals (HCPs), who had previous experience with AI were more supportive towards the use of the technology in clinical practice. However, HCPs who had never used AI before were more skeptical about the improvements that AI could bring. Nevertheless, both groups of physicians were overall positive about AI improving their work.

AI in Clinical Practice

Urte Jakimaviciute, Senior Director of Market Research at GlobalData, comments: “AI is becoming embedded in many of the daily activities of clinical practices, which may result in higher levels of confidence among physicians in this technology. The extent to which AI could be perceived as beneficial or as concerning differed greatly according to its specific use, with physicians currently feeling more comfortable with using AI for non-clinical activities. 

“However, experience with technology seems to be a key factor in understanding how AI can improve or enhance daily activities – there were no significant differences when survey data was analyzed by the number of years in practice or specialty.”

There is an apparent need to develop creative solutions to handle future generations’ healthcare requirements. The aging population, rising prevalence of chronic disease, staffing shortages, underfunding of healthcare, scientific discoveries, and increasing quantity of information make AI stand out as a possible approach to enhancing healthcare delivery.

Jakimaviciute concludes: “In the future, AI use in healthcare is only going to increase, and these survey results indicate that as more physicians get accustomed to using AI, their comfort levels with the technology in other healthcare areas is going to increase as well. Of course, no technology is perfect, and the challenges that come with AI will need to be taken on board while leveraging its benefits. As it stands, the main priorities are addressing ethical, data privacy and confidentiality risks, especially since the speed at which AI is developing is substantial and regulatory frameworks still need to catch up.”

*426 healthcare industry professionals were surveyed between March 2023 - June 2023.

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