More than one out of six people in The Netherlands – nearly 17% – works in healthcare at a time when there’s a global shortage of healthcare workers. That’s too big a percentage of the workforce dedicated to one industry. By comparison, only 12% in the U.S. works in health-related fields. That’s unsustainable, says Carmen van Vilsteren, Director of the Eindhoven MedTech Innovation Center (e/MTIC), entrepreneur, and policymaker for the Dutch government.
Fortunately, new life sciences and health technologies are transforming healthcare from a labor-intensive industry to a data-driven, innovation-intensive industry. New technologies, including artificial intelligence, have the potential to make everything possible, from predicting infection rates to creating hospitals without beds. Five transformations in healthcare are addressed in the whitepaper; one of them is especially focused on the increasing role of artificial intelligence and will therefore be highlighted.
The five transformations of future health
1. From manual to automated
2. From intramural to extramural and from professionals to consumers
3. From chronic disease to cure
4. From care and cure to prevention
5. From global health to planetary health
Which role does AI and data have?
In the whitepaper, you will read on players in the Brainport region for AI-augmented robotic surgery and on the importance of data. “Carmen can’t remember any meetings in the last years in healthcare that data wasn’t mentioned.”
We at the AI Innovation Center, will soon launch a series of events addressing how to implement artificial intelligence in healthcare – so stay tuned!