About 80% of healthcare professionals believe artificial intelligence is helping to reduce burnout, according to a new survey of more than 900 individuals in the US and UK.

The MIT Technology Review poll, ‘The AI Effect: How Artificial Intelligence
is Making Healthcare More Human’, finds widespread optimism among medical ranks.

Roughly 45% of respondents said they believe AI has helped to increase their time to consult and treat patients. Another 60% indicated that they believe AI has empowered medical staffers to spend more time performing procedures rather than administrative work, and 68% said it’s allowing for greater collaboration among staff.

In addition, 78% said they believe AI has already helped them to improve workflows, thereby boosting productivity. “Using AI for ‘smarter’ scheduling opens up more slots, which in turn empowers referring physicians to schedule more patients or more effectively match patients with specialists,” says Dushyant Sahani, professor and chair of radiology at the University of Washington Medical Center, in the report.

Altogether, about 70% of healthcare institutions said they’ve adopted or are considering adopting AI technology, and 80% expect to increase spending on such applications.