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Robotics in the medical field are beneficial but still risky

On Behalf of | Sep 21, 2018 | Medical Malpractice, Surgical Errors

Many surgeries use machines to assist the surgeons who are performing the procedure. While this is a good thing in most instances since machines aren’t as likely to make mistakes as humans, there is still a chance that errors will be made.

One thing that patients must remember is that robotic surgical procedures are still relatively new. They are showing promise for helping patients to receive the best outcomes possible, however, surgeons are still part of the process and must be able to attend to any issues that creep up.

Fully customized solutions

Using artificial intelligence in the medical field places a reliance on complex algorithms to help the robots do what they should. There are cases in which even the human programmers won’t know how the AI will solve specific problems. This is due to a multilayer programming method that is required for these procedures.

AI solutions aren’t limited to surgery

The role of AI in the medical field isn’t limited only to surgical procedures. Even cancer treatments are turning to computer algorithms for plans about what needs to be done to treat the patient. The results are a customized plan that takes all of the factors entered into the system into account. Once programmers determine appropriate algorithms, they can create AI programs to meet a vast array of needs in the medical field.

Potential problems

Many of the factors that can lead to issues with robotic surgery and other AI applications in the medical field come down to human error. This might be due to improper information being placed into the program, such as a transposed number in a measurement. It may be due to the surgeon making an incorrect movement as they guide the robotic system during a procedure. Even problems with the algorithms and programs might lead to complications.

When problems arise

When there is a problem with a procedure involving AI, the patient often wants to know how the problem will be addressed and who is to blame. Some serious issues that occur might lead to the patient needing more expensive medical care. This means more medical bills and often time off work. For those patients, seeking compensation through a medical malpractice claim might be in order. Determining whom to hold accountable for the issue at the center of the case becomes a top priority.


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