Most oncologists expect AI to improve patient outcomes in coming years, report finds: 3 notes

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More than half of all U.S. oncologists surveyed for the annual Oncology Insights report from Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health said they are "excited" about how artificial intelligence will impact cancer care in the coming years.

Here are three notes on the report's findings:

1. The majority of participating oncologists predict that, within the next three or more years, AI will enhance the quality of care, clinical outcomes and operational efficiencies. Nearly half also expect AI to lower the cost of care.

2. More than a third of oncologists surveyed said the most valuable benefit AI could bring to their practice would be automating administrative tasks so they can spend more time with patients, while 27 percent said AI will have the greatest impact by identifying the best treatment paths and therapies from the start of a patient's care plan.

3. According to Oncology Insights, other ways providers believe AI can improve cancer care include predicting patients' risk of complications from treatment and enhancing the accuracy of diagnostics.

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