AI will be critical for the future of rural health care in Canada, experts say – CBC

Fewer specialists, doctors, nurses in rural Canada means AI will play a larger role

Oct 15, 2023

There won’t be androids rushing through hospitals or drones hovering to triage patients just yet, but artificial intelligence is starting to make the rounds when it comes in health care in Canada.

As the technology evolves and becomes more mainstream, while staying firmly behind the computer monitor, experts say rural Canadians may have the most to gain.

Dr. Alex Wong is the Canada Research Chair for Artificial Intelligence.

While he says the country at large will benefit from AI making health care work more efficient, rural Canadians will see “an even greater impact” as the science helps doctors, nurses and specialists in regions with fewer staff.

“Resources are even more limited … that’s where AI can really come in place,” Wong said.

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