A healthy market for AI sick care jobs...despite medical schools

Artificial intelligence, blockchain, the cloud, mobile technologies and robotics are transforming every industry, including biomedical discovery, development, trial management and regulatory clearance, as well as clinical care.

The impact on education and jobs will be profound. According to Gartner (you know , the hype cycle folks), enterprise technology powered by artificial intelligence will create more jobs than it eliminates within the next three years, accounting for two million net new jobs by 2025.

It expects “millions” of jobs to be displaced by AI over the next few years, with positions in the manufacturing sector hit hardest, as more companies deploy AI-enabled technologies to handle routine tasks.

How that will happen in biomedical and clinical care industries is foggy, but here's what we can expect:

  1. Industry, investors and entrepreneurs will lead the charge. Medical educators and regulators will be behind the curve and , for the most part, will be playing catch up.
  2. There will be alternative career development tracks, outside of the failing higher education system, to fast track those interested, particularly in data science.
  3. There will be more education and training partnerships that connect education, public workforce development agencies and companies that are starved for talent
  4. Given the problems with higher ed cost, quality, access and experience, more students and parents doubt its value and will find another pathway to market relevant, higher paying jobs.
  5. Physicians and other sick care professionals will have to learn new skills somewhere other than their degree programs since they take too long, if at all, to offer them in cost-effective and a timely way.
  6. Graduate medical education training, particularly in pattern recognition or process driven specialties. like pathology, radiology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology (ENT) and clinical chemistry, will have a hard time keeping up with teaching fast moving technologies.
  7. Sick care knowledge technicians will become increasingly obsolete.
  8. The clinical value roadmap will be downloaded on Google Maps more and more.
  9. The barriers to dissemination and implementation will fall, but it might take generations, given the profound sick care culture that resists change.
  10. Physician entrepreneurs will finally participate in the innovation supply chain but will come under increasing pressure to demonstrate improvements in clinical efficiency , quality and experience while decreasing costs in a value-based care environment.

Biomedical and clinical entrepreneurs will push AI technologies, and, in so doing, transform the number and quality of new jobs. They will do it by asking for foregiveness, not permission.

Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA is the President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs