AI in our health care systems

Artificial intelligence is shaping our health care system.
Published: Jul. 14, 2023 at 8:33 PM MDT
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - Artificial intelligence is shaping our health care system.

While AI may be a new concept for many, others have been working with AI in some capacity for quite some time.

“AI technology has been around since the 1950s,” Community Hospital Chief Medical Information Officer Dr. Thomas Tobin said. “It helps us perform life-saving surgeries.”

Places like Community Hospital are utilizing AI in patient care through data security and surgical robots.

“It frees up the human component to do the more involved tasks.” Dr. Tobin said.

Though AI is being used in patient care, Dr. Tobin stressed technology is never in-control. Humans are still the ones steering the ship at the end of the day, and have control over the technology they use.

“It’s a huge advancement in medicine.” Dr. Tobin said. “But again, it’s that level of it being able to help with repetitive tasks, it’s not making decisions, it’s not thinking.”

Dr. Tobin also said there are failsafes in place at Community Hospital should AI take a hit in the future.