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AI & Healthcare Apps: Machine Intelligence for Hospitals

In today’s fast-changing business and technology landscape, healthcare teams are relying on innovative tools like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to accommodate patient needs, enhance quality of care and maximize facility efficiency. But what makes AI such a powerful solution for healthcare—and how can medical organizations deploy this technology efficiently and ethically?

At SafeNet Consulting, we help a variety of businesses solve complex problems through custom technology solutions. We’re proud to partner with game-changers in the field of healthcare, developing data and artificial intelligence tools to ensure their patients and businesses thrive. This time, we’d like to dive into the subject of AI apps for hospitals and healthcare, including their advantages and key use cases.

The Ethics of AI in Healthcare

One of the most useful aspects of AI is that it can learn from massive sets of healthcare data—at a capacity that’s unheard of for humans. This feature allows AI to support a wide range of hospital operations, including supporting clinical decision-making, administrative tasks, and even patient engagement. However, despite its impressive (and largely untapped) potential, AI also brings unique ethical complexities to the healthcare field.

If you’re bringing AI into a healthcare scenario, and making decisions based on personal data, it’s important to define what those decisions are—and what personal data should be allowed to create those models. For example, you can’t have an AI that’s exclusively trained on a single age or ethnicity and then apply it to every patient. That solution won’t be functional, and in fact, could be a major detriment to a clinician’s decision-making process.

When you’re leveraging AI and healthcare data, the model has to accurately reflect the population that you’re serving. This is just one of the many ethical conversations around AI apps for healthcare—and we’re sure to see ethical policies and guidelines evolve alongside this technology as adoption increases.

How Artificial Intelligence Supports Hospitals

Now that we’ve covered the ethicality of AI in healthcare, let’s break into some of their leading use cases in hospital environments:

Census Count Forecasts

Did you know that AI tools can help accurately forecast census counts across hospital departments? These solutions enable hospital staff to proactively plan around patient flow issues—supporting more intelligent resource planning and allocation. Here’s how it works:

AI models can analyze huge sets of data to identify valuable patterns. By integrating AI with a health system’s data and external information, hospital staff can predict patient census count with remarkable accuracy and speed. That census information helps inform decision-making around distributing hospital resources, discharging patients and preventing potential bottlenecks.

Medical Scheduling

Artificial intelligence is very good at analyzing many potential combinations to find the optimal solution. You can actually apply that capability to scheduling, using AI to ensure clinicians are available at the right times to meet the needs of their patients.

Artificial intelligence can quickly create suggested schedules for physicians using data on frequency and types of medical appointments. As the system gathers more scheduling data, it learns and adapts—actively aligning clinician availability with patient demand. Unlike humans, AI can collect patient data, identify trends and propose the best scheduling solution in seconds, supporting facility efficiency, reduced wait times and more reliable patient care.

Patient Support & Engagement

Another useful application of AI apps for healthcare is supporting patients with chatbots. These AI-based applications can be used to give hospital patients fast, personalized answers to common questions, including additional information on their condition and symptoms. Healthcare chatbots can also be used to assist patients with locating hospitals and scheduling appointments.

AI has major potential to help personalize and contextualize care for patients. Indeed, some healthcare organizations are even using AI-based apps to deliver alerts and targeted content to encourage additional action in patients, such as scheduling follow-up appointments or filling prescriptions.

Put AI to Work for Your Enterprise

At SafeNet Consulting, we develop authentic connections with our partners so that we can create the strongest solutions together. Our team has extensive experience with data and artificial intelligence for a variety of healthcare applications. We’re here to help you make sense of your data—and transform it into a strategic asset that supports your business goals.

Whether you’re ready to leverage predictive analytics, machine learning, data intelligence or a completely customized application, SafeNet Consulting is here to help. We’ll collaborate with you to understand your unique challenges and build a tailored solution to meet them.

For more information on our team and complete capabilities, be sure to contact us today. Also, be sure to reach out for more insight on AI apps for healthcare—and how you can deploy these tools to support your patients and objectives.

Demystifying AI: How It Applies to Your Business

There’s a lot of confusion around artificial intelligence (AI) and its impact on business. Most of us understand the basics of this technology, but wrapping your head around how it’s relevant to your day-to-day work can be a bit more challenging. Is AI a transformative tool you need to invest in—or an optional expense to avoid?

At SafeNet Consulting, we build strong relationships with our partners to create game-changing technology solutions. That’s why we’re so excited to talk about artificial intelligence today. Our goal with this blog is to give you some practical info on AI, including how you can apply it to drive better outcomes for your business. Let’s jump in.

What Is Artificial Intelligence?

At its core, artificial intelligence is a technology that enables machines to think and behave like humans. AI makes it possible for machines to learn and make more intelligent decisions over time, using existing data to inform future actions. As people, we’ve built an entire branch of computer science around AI: building smart machines to perform tasks that usually require human intelligence.

AI solutions aren’t limited to predetermined responses; they can analyze and act on incoming data in real time. AI machines can also gather and accurately process data much faster than humans, accomplishing long, labor-intensive tasks in minutes. As a result, this innovative technology is disrupting and changing many industries, ranging from healthcare and manufacturing to retail and logistics.

Is AI Right for Your Business?

Now that we’ve reviewed the basics of AI, let’s talk about how its viability for your own business. Artificial intelligence takes careful planning to use effectively. You have to be strategic about your goals for this technology—and which data you’ll gather to advance those objectives.

Your business generates tremendous amounts of data, from sales figures to details on customer interactions. The right AI tools can analyze and create a clear story from all of that data, which allows your business to identify areas where it can improve. Here are a few examples to help demonstrate how AI creates meaningful change in different types of companies:

Retail

Say you’re a leading e-commerce brand that wants to create a better customer service experience. You could leverage AI technology to build an intelligent chatbot that listens to users, actually understands their problems, and converses with them to address those issues. That solution would save your team time on day-to-day operations, while empowering your business to serve customers faster and more reliably.

Healthcare

What if you’re a healthcare enterprise that’s overloaded with hospital admissions? You could create an AI solution that checks existing patient data to identify trends in treatment or behavior, like unplanned hospital trips. That tool would allow you to plan more proactively around patient needs—and deliver more reliable care outcomes.

Finance

Say you’re a leader in financial services that needs to cut down on document-processing time. AI and apps can help your team enter data from thousands of financial documents automatically, completing massive amounts of work in minutes. You can even extract information from those files into a simple dashboard in seconds—putting in-depth analytics at your fingertips.

Construction

Construction planning is extremely complex, but that’s starting to change with the implementation of AI. As a construction company, you could equip your teams with AI for analyzing as-built performance data across projects—supporting more strategic forecasting and planning.

Manufacturing

Ensuring fast and efficient quality checks is a major concern for today’s manufacturers. With AI, your team can use camera-equipped machines to detect even the tiniest defects in products across manufacturing workflows. Automating these quality checks with AI saves your team time while increasing product consistency.

Data & AI Solutions from SafeNet

At SafeNet, we’ve helped a variety of businesses turn their data into meaningful insights through AI technology. Our data intelligence solutions make it easy to gather and digest that data through reporting, dashboarding and BI tools. We also offer deep search capabilities through Microsoft Azure, allowing you to sort through massive assortments of images and text files with speed and precision.

Some of our other core capabilities include machine learning and cognitive services, which allow you to automate labor-intensive tasks or set up analytics solutions to predict where your business is headed. So no matter what your goals are for AI, our team is here to support you every step of the way.

Elevate Your Business With AI

If you’re looking for a strategic partner to unlock the full potential of AI for your business, then connect with SafeNet today. We’ll collaborate with you to provide a custom solution for your unique challenges. You can also reach out with questions you have on AI and apps, machine learning or even AI for B2B. We’d love to help.

Affecting Digital Transformation in 2020

Technology is maturing faster than ever before, transforming the way we do business, interact with customers and develop new solutions. Companies that know how to apply this technology are disrupting their industries—and raising user expectations in the process.

To stand out as a change-maker and deliver the value your customers demand, you have to understand and apply the tools driving this disruption first. So today, let’s take a few minutes to discuss some of the most impactful business technologies of 2020.

1. Cloud Development

Companies are becoming increasingly reliant on cloud technology to streamline business processes, reduce costs and scale more effectively. As companies continue to integrate cloud-based workflows to simplify their work, more and more developers are exploring the concept of cloud development for custom apps.

The cloud empowers development teams to use new tools (like serverless computing) to deliver apps more quickly and efficiently. Cloud-based applications are also easier to scale and can take advantage of multiple server locations to reduce the risk of lost data.

At SafeNet Consulting, we help clients across a range of industries replace outdated applications and infrastructure with cloud-based solutions. Our cloud modernization strategy is tailored to your unique business and its needs—ensuring the solutions we build create meaningful change. You can find more information on our cloud and application development solutions here.

2. Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a scary concept for many businesses. Put simply, it’s software that enables machines to make more intelligent decisions and behave more like real people. Modern AI solutions can read, listen and see just like humans, creating endless opportunities to automate tedious tasks and gather important data more efficiently.

Thankfully, industry leaders like Microsoft have already built homegrown AI models for companies and development teams to use today. For example, Azure includes a powerful AI platform that unlocks machine learning and in-depth knowledge mining, allowing business users to uncover valuable insights from their content—and deliver innovative experiences in their apps.

SafeNet Consulting makes the process of building and maintaining AI solutions simpler than ever. We can help you leverage the full computational abilities of Microsoft’s AI platform, and apply that technology to solve your business challenges. Together, we can use AI and apps to analyze your data, simplify monotonous tasks and provide game-changing experiences for your customers.

3. Blockchain Technology

At its core, blockchain is a record-keeping technology that stores information about transactions. The introduction of blockchain has drastically changed a variety of businesses and industries already. For example, enterprises in supply chain management can apply blockchain to streamline a range of time-consuming tasks, including product tracking and recording important insights like transportation history.

Blockchain is making big waves in the world of manufacturing and retail as well. Manufacturing plants can use this technology to aggregate and display transparent machine data to monitor equipment and drive predictive maintenance, saving millions in failed machinery costs. Likewise, retailers and e-commerce businesses are deploying blockchain to aggregate and study user data to support their marketing campaigns.

SafeNet Consulting helps companies across the country understand and capitalize on blockchain technology. Our experts can walk your team through potential use cases and advise you on which approach aligns best with your business needs—both for today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities.

An Ecosystem of Change

Your industry’s technology landscape is constantly evolving. To stay relevant as a business, you have to understand how those changes will impact your world and plan accordingly. That’s why it can be so helpful to partner with a technology consulting firm like SafeNet Consulting. Our consultants can help you apply emergent technologies to your business, putting you at the cutting edge of digital transformation.

As your partner, we work to create an environment of open communication, trust and innovation. We’re here to listen to your unique goals—and connect you with custom technologies to keep your business moving forward.

Transform with SafeNet Consulting

At SafeNet Consulting, we’re in the business of relationships. For over 25 years, we’ve helped our clients navigate technology and market changes, guiding them to the best possible outcomes. We love working with change-makers who want to drive their business forward with technology and collaborating to meet their unique challenges.

If you’re looking for a strategic partner to support your team with custom technology solutions, then contact us today. You can also reach out with any questions you have on blockchain technology, AI and apps, or the other exciting concepts we’ve touched on today—and how you might use them to affect positive change in your industry. We can’t wait to get started.

 

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