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There has been a surge of interest in using artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare in recent years. Artificial intelligence (AI) can potentially transform the field of medicine. Specifically, AI will most likely improve access to healthcare and how patients are treated, but it will also optimise resource allocation, allowing health systems to function more effectively and efficiently.
The potential for AI to reshape the field of healthcare, to aid in diagnosis and enable a more personalised precision approach to medicine is limitless.
As COVID-19 continues to have an impact on the world, improving healthcare and the deployment of AI applications in the medical and clinical fields is more important than ever. AI-related technologies have proven to be central to the response to the global health crisis.
Some of the main applications of AI in medicine include the following:
Some of the issues relating to the use of AI in medical practice is the determination of negligence in the use of AI for the provision of medical services. AI may, due to insufficient data or other technical errors provide results that may not be accurate in some circumstances. In this regard, a medical practitioner may be charged with medical negligence. Additionally, there are Data Privacy issues surrounding the use of AI in the medical field. Medical data is regarded as sensitive personal data and strict compliance with the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (the NDPR) is needed in accessing, processing, collecting, storing, retrieving, securing and disposing of such data.
Additional security requirement is necessary with respect to medical data generated by government medical facilities. Hence, in deploying AI-enabled software for the delivery of medical services, relevant Nigerian laws must be complied with.
Should you have any questions regarding the information in this article, please do not hesitate to contact Partner Sumbo Akintola.