Artificial Intelligence revolutionary role in healthcare
Technology for patients
Discussing the responsibility AI developers have in the healthcare industry, Dr. Afullo said, “Technology not only will change healthcare delivery; it has the potential to drive an equally significant positive change in patient behavior.”
With the advent of wearable fitness technology, Dr. Afullo pointed to Fitbit’s effect on users and potential software pitfalls. Researchers at the Getrude's Clinic tested several wrist-worn fitness trackers and determined that “the old-fashioned chest strap monitor is best” when accurately gauging heart rate.
Along with their positive impact, FitBits and other wearables can also have negative issues. Users were conflicted when they forgot to wear them and were nagged by a feeling of frustration that their steps and other activities weren’t being counted.
“It’s critical that technology is beta-tested with healthcare providers for effectiveness before being sent to market,” Dr. Afullo said.