Three in Four Think AI Tech Will be Widespread Within Three Years

Feb. 29, 2024
A new report from Berkley Research Group surveyed and interviewed healthcare professionals about artificial intelligence

According to a Feb. 27 press release, Berkeley Research Group (BRG) released a report entitled “AI and the Future of Healthcare Report.” The report found that three in four healthcare professionals surveyed believe that artificial intelligence (AI)-related technologies will be widespread within the next three years.

The report features results from a survey of more than 150 healthcare providers and pharmaceutical professionals and interviews with BRG industry experts.

The press release says that “The report finds that more than 4 in 10 healthcare provider respondents say AI has already been widely accepted and effectively implemented, likely a reflection of AI's myriad applications across a range of functions that carry limited risk of negative patient outcomes. However, only 20% of pharmaceutical professionals surveyed report that AI adoption is already happening within their industry.”

Further, “Though the report outlines near-term and current levels of AI adoption, healthcare organizations have taken limited steps to prepare for AI-related regulatory shifts. Despite this, 75% of healthcare provider respondents and 56% of pharmaceutical professionals remain confident that future regulation and guidance will provide the necessary guardrails for proper implementation and use. Views differ on the current state of AI regulation, with provider respondents more confident in today's regulatory landscape.”

Paul Osborne, a BRG managing director was quoted in the release saying that "The excitement around AI in healthcare is real, but it's important that hospital and health system leaders avoid getting caught up in the hype and strategically target specific needs they want to address. We're already seeing AI used to improve front-office tasks like appointment scheduling and check-in, as well as to address administrative burdens for clinicians and staff. By implementing AI thoughtfully, organizations can enhance patient experience, empower their staff and modernize workflows."

Other key highlights from the report include:

  • More than half of professionals from healthcare organizations reported that accuracy, data privacy and data integrity are chief concerns in implementing AI
  • Only 4 in 10 overall respondents indicated their organizations are reviewing or planning to review AI regulatory guidance
  • Investors spent $31.5 billion on healthcare AI-related technology between 2019 and 2022

PR Newswire has the press release.