The development of Artificial Intelligence is expected to impact society across diverse fields, and the medical field is no exception.
A report titled ‘Korea’s Future Jobs in 10 Years’ published by Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology(KAIST), The Committee of Future Planning of the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning, and Korea Institute of Science and Technology Evaluation and Planning suggests the necessity for reorganizing medical licenses to anticipate changes caused by technological progression.
As a product of the technological revolution, AI is expected to create new opportunities for income for a broader range of professionals.
Doctors, in particular, are said to be one of those professions.
Human-computer cooperation implies the ability to synthesize information provided by technology and the analytical opinions formed by people. The committee states that ‘Human-Computer Union is vital in areas where statistical decision-making is more dangerous. Doctors and businessmen work in those areas.”
Because medical professionals deal with saving human lives, they need access to tools that push them towards accuracy and rationality in the decision-making process.
AI will help medical professionals reach the best solution by using algorithms and providing analytical data. However, even with the emergence of advanced AI systems such as Watsons, humans still make the final decision.
The committee states that medical professionals will be required to demonstrate 3 core competencies in order to achieve synergy with AI: systematic analysis, decision-making abilities and ICT understanding.
The committee predicts that “new technology will spur the medical industry and create new job roles within the field,” adding that “nurses will be able to perform a greater range of medical services by receiving support from AI software, and doctors will be able to make decisions based on algorithms and data analysis in areas where it was virtually impossible. It may even lead to the creation of a new profession that lies between job title of doctor and nurse.”
In anticipation of the future human-computer union, the committee emphasized the need to “prioritize systematic reorganization in order for the progression of technology to stimulate the creation of new, high-quality jobs.”
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