As the founder and chairman of The Allure Group, a network of six New York City-based nursing homes, Joel Landau has seen firsthand the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on healthcare professionals. Despite the challenges, Landau and his leadership team have remained committed to using cutting-edge technology to improve the lives of both residents and staff.
One example is the use of Samsung tablets at every bedside, allowing residents to communicate with loved ones during lockdowns. The Allure Group also makes use of hand-held remote monitors from Vis-a-Vis Health, which enable residents to receive appropriate transitional care upon discharge. It has a state-of-the-art robotics suite to aid residents in their rehabilitation from various issues.
Given his organization’s commitment to technology, it should come as no surprise that Landau is fully on board with using artificial intelligence (AI) to aid clinicians afflicted with burnout. The Medscape National Physician Burnout & Suicide Report 2021 found that 42 percent of physicians believed they were burned out, with those in critical care (51 percent), rheumatology (50 percent), infectious diseases (49 percent), and urology (49 percent) heading the list.
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) reports that there will be a physician shortage of as great as 139,000 by 2033, while the International Council of Nurses (CN) foresees the global nursing workforce shrinking by at least 10 million by the end of the decade.
With this, AI can help reduce the administrative burdens that are a primary cause of burnout among healthcare professionals. One study showed that 84 percent of American healthcare systems began using AI or were planning to do so in 2020, up from 45 percent just a year earlier. The top uses were predictive analytics for early intervention, clinical decision support, and collaboration among multiple specialists.
Another study concluded that the healthcare AI market, valued at $3.9 billion in 2019, is expected to reach $23.8 billion by 2026, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 32.2%. Landau believes that AI can increase efficiency, reduce clinician burnout and improve patient outcomes. By putting people over paperwork, Landau’s leadership team at Allure is leading the way in using technology to improve healthcare.