Technology plays an important role in healthcare. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are not just innovations but a transformative force with the potential to reshape the delivery of nursing.
#1. Role of AI
Artificial Intelligence is a branch of computer science that enables machines to mimic human intelligence. Machine Learning, a subset of AI, allows computers to learn from data and improve over time. In healthcare, medical professionals like nurses can use these technologies for various applications, from administrative tasks to patient monitoring. Machine learning algorithms can help in creating personalized care plans by analyzing patient history and current health data. Nurses can then use these insights to tailor their approach to individual patient needs.
AI and ML are rapidly evolving fields. Nurses can benefit by staying updated on use of new technologies like these and healthcare facilities will likely provide training programs to ensure that their staff can competently use AI tools if they have not yet done so.
#2. Ethical considerations
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released guidelines for use of AI in healthcare for everything from administrative tasks and diagnostics to nurse education and drug development.
The WHO is not the only organization providing such guidance. President Biden recently issued an order tasking the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with digging into AI practices within healthcare that could pose harm to patients. Although gathering information on potential hazards, the federal government also recognizes the benefits that AI cab bring to the field and is offering grants to help fund research efforts.
At the end of the day, the proverbial buck stops with you. It is wise to know what about the tools you are using. If using AI to aid in communications or for other purposes make sure to review the product before signing off. Remember, your license could be at risk.
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