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The beginner's guide to AI in healthcare

Have you ever wondered what AI actually is? Fancy buzzword aside, AI can help you save time and money in your healthcare journey by empowering you with the information you need. We put together a quick guide on everything you should know about AI basics. If you’re already an AI pro, dig deeper and explore Babylon’s technology in more detail here.


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First things first...what is AI?

AI stands for artificial intelligence. It’s a technology that enables a computer to think or act in a more “human” way, which is pretty cool. AI systems can make decisions by analyzing vast amounts of data and over time, humans can improve the accuracy of AI by training it with feedback, new data and other techniques.

How is AI used today?

Most of us already use AI every day. Phones, video games and online shopping use AI to make our experiences more personal and enjoyable. It’s hard for humans to do more than one thing well at a time. AI, however, was built to multitask, combine information in new ways and make it easier and faster for you to get what you need.

How does Babylon use AI in healthcare?

Babylon’s AI was designed to work like a doctor’s brain. But while a human doctor can see only one patient at a time, Babylon’s AI can see millions. It helps patients find accurate information and common treatments for their symptoms. It can also identify patterns in medical data that can impact long-term health.

Is AI replacing our healthcare professionals?

Not at all. AI is built to complement the care you get from your healthcare providers, not replace them. It helps you find the right care faster and make better decisions based on more accurate information.

Won’t AI make healthcare even more complicated?

Quite the opposite! AI will make getting the care you need faster and simpler. There will always be times when you need to see a doctor. But AI and telehealth services can help more people get high-quality care, no matter where they live.