Blog: Bridging the Gap: Assessing the Current Landscape of Artificial Intelligence Integration in Clinical Practice

Bridging the Gap: Assessing the Current Landscape of Artificial Intelligence Integration in Clinical Practice

In 2020, 90% of large healthcare organisations reported having an AI and automation strategy. By 2021, about 20% of healthcare organisations were at the early stages of implementing AI, while another 25% were piloting or testing AI technologies.*

But how often do healthcare professionals actually use AI in their clinical practice today?

The real-world application of AI in clinical practice today appears to vary. In February’s M3 Pulse survey, we asked over 7,800 healthcare professionals worldwide how frequently they use AI in their clinical practice.

Despite AI technologies being highlighted as a top healthcare trend, according to our M3 Pulse survey on annual healthcare trends in 20222023, and 2024, the results on AI usage in clinical practice indicate a discrepancy. Today, nearly half of the respondents do not employ AI in their clinical practice. This suggests while AI in healthcare is considered a significant trend its actual application in day-to-day clinical practice may not be as pervasive.

AI technology has been heralded as a game-changer in healthcare, offering invaluable support in clinical decision-making and elevating patient care standards. From providing insights into complex medical queries to predicting long-term risks for various conditions, AI's potential to revolutionise healthcare delivery is undeniable.

These innovative applications of AI harness vast datasets, leveraging pattern recognition and predictive analytics to tailor treatments for individual patients. Moreover, integration with wearables and virtual assistants ensures round-the-clock medical support, promising enhanced accessibility and efficiency in healthcare delivery.

However, while these AI tools have the potential to reshape healthcare delivery, several challenges hinder their widespread adoption. Concerns regarding data privacy, the high costs associated with implementation, and the need for staff training present formidable barriers to integration. As a result, the majority of healthcare organizations have yet to fully embrace AI's potential, limiting its impact on day-to-day clinical practice.

The barriers to integrating AI in healthcare are multifaceted, ranging from technical complexities to regulatory compliance issues. Standardisation and interoperability issues within existing healthcare systems hamper the seamless exchange of data, while ensuring the quality and privacy of patient data remains paramount amidst evolving regulatory landscapes.

Key barriers to Integrating AI in Healthcare
  1. Lack of Standardisation and Interoperability
  2. The absence of standardised protocols for recording and storing health data complicates the deployment of AI solutions across different platforms and institutions.

  3. Data Quality and Costs
  4. Fragmented and unstructured healthcare data require significant resources to integrate and clean for AI applications.

  5. Clinical Validation and Trust
  6. Ensuring the safety and efficacy of AI systems is crucial for building trust among healthcare professionals and patients.

  7. Data Privacy and Regulations
  8. Strict regulations governing patient data pose challenges for utilising it to train AI models while maintaining privacy and security.

  9. Workflow and Technical Expertise
  10. Integrating AI into existing healthcare workflows necessitates changes and may face resistance from traditional practices. Additionally, there is a shortage of professionals with both clinical and technical expertise.

Despite the considerable strides made in AI adoption within the healthcare sector, our survey findings reveal a nuanced picture. While nearly half of the respondents do not currently utilise AI tools in their clinical practice, a significant proportion report regular or occasional usage.

Looking ahead, projections for AI in healthcare are optimistic, with exponential growth anticipated in the coming years. The market's expansion is fuelled by increasing digitalisation, the demand for personalised medicine, and efforts to mitigate healthcare costs. North America leads the charge in AI adoption, driven by advanced technologies and robust infrastructure, while the Asia Pacific region is poised for rapid growth supported by significant investments and government initiatives.


The momentum of AI in healthcare signifies a paradigm shift towards more efficient and patient-centric care delivery. However, addressing the existing barriers and bridging the gap between perception and implementation is imperative to fully realise AI's transformative potential in shaping the future of healthcare.

For more insights into AI and its pivotal role in healthcare, explore the top global healthcare trend for 2024 on Integrating Generative Artificial Intelligence.

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