How AI will revolutionize health care

Dean's Blog |
Judith Karshmer

As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to advance, its integration into the health care sector promises to revolutionize nursing. From enhancing patient care to streamlining administrative tasks, AI is poised to become an indispensable tool for nurses. It’s also an opportunity to align more fully with both Edson College values, the ASU charter, and the university’s commitment to principled innovation.

To explore the transformative impact of AI on nursing and the future of health care, I’d like to share just a few examples from our own Edson College ASU AI Challenge winners.

Personalized Patient Care
AI's ability to analyze vast amounts of data quickly allows for more personalized patient care. Machine learning algorithms and large language models can sift through medical records, genetic information, and lifestyle data to create tailored treatment plans. This personalized approach ensures that patients receive care that is specifically suited to their unique needs, improving outcomes and patient satisfaction.

Real-Time Health Monitoring
Wearable devices equipped with AI can continuously monitor patients' vital signs and alert nurses to any anomalies. This real-time monitoring allows for early detection of potential health issues, enabling prompt intervention and reducing the risk of complications. For chronic disease management, AI-driven health monitoring can significantly improve patients' quality of life by ensuring timely adjustments to their treatment plans.

Enhanced Clinical Decision-Making
AI can support nurses in making more informed clinical decisions. By integrating AI-powered decision support systems into clinical practice, nurses can access evidence-based recommendations quickly. These systems analyze patient data and medical literature to provide insights that can help nurses choose the best course of action, improving the accuracy of diagnoses and the effectiveness of treatments.

Predictive Analytics
Predictive analytics, a subset of AI, can forecast patient outcomes based on historical data. For instance, AI can predict which patients are at higher risk of readmission, allowing nurses to implement preventive measures. This proactive approach not only improves patient care but also reduces health care costs by preventing unnecessary hospitalizations.

The integration of AI into nursing holds immense potential to transform the health care landscape and create an impact in both education and practice. By enhancing personalized care, supporting clinical decision-making, streamlining administrative tasks, advancing training and education, and improving patient communication, AI is set to revolutionize nursing. Edson faculty and staff have demonstrated how AI can be a powerful tool in nursing innovation, creating more effective, efficient, and empathetic health care environments.

These are just some of the exciting projects currently underway here in the college. We actually have many more that I hope to share with you in our next blog about innovation and AI at ASU!