When it comes to robot-assisted healthcare, according to new research, patients in the U.K. are more skeptical than their international counterparts.
Talking to and interacting with an artificially intelligence (AI) device, platform or robot for medical advice, diagnosis and treatment was accepted by less than half of British consumers who were interviewed for the survey.
While trailing behind Germany at 41 percent, Turkey at 85 percent and Nigeria at 94 percent, 39 percent of British consumers would be open to the technology, found the research that was undertaken by U.K. based professional services network PwC. Showing signs of doubt of the use of robots and artificial intelligence for diagnosis and treatment, is Germany, which was the only country other than the U.K. in this segment.
The study showed that 55 percent of respondents worldwide were open to the advanced healthcare technology, which was based on a survey of over 11,000 people from 12 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
For decades, AI researchers has been aiming for a long time of provisioning of AI into healthcare. With the launch of its DeepMind platform in the U.K.’s National Health Service last year, tech giant Google challenged the stigma surrounding robot-assistance in hospitals. The DeepMind platform is used to detect certain health risks through data collected through a mobile app.
“While taken at face value it appears U.K. patients are most skeptical about the use of AI and robotics in healthcare, closer examination reveals a significant potential market,” PwC healthcare partner Brian Pomerings said in a statement on Tuesday.
With 47 percent of men compared to 32 percent of women revealing that they would engage with the technology, the data also revealed that men were significantly more likely than women to engage with AI for their healthcare. Compared to just a third of people aged over 55, answers in the affirmative were given to the agreement to the use of robotic assistance in healthcare by more than half of young people aged 18 to 25.
“The younger the demographic group, the more likely they are to see new health technologies in a positive light,” Pomerings added. “Well over half of 18 to 24 year olds would be willing to engage with AI and robotics to take care of some of their health.
“If only a proportion start to use more services delivered through technology, that could begin to make big savings. This could, in turn, make a serious contribution to addressing the huge financial challenges facing the health system in the U.K.”
(Adapted from CNBC)