“We think it is inevitable that artificial intelligence will begin to play a bigger role in the pharmacy,” says Michael Wysong, CEO of CARE Pharmacies Cooperative.
Adds Peter Miles, manager of Hilton Family Pharmacy in Hilton, N.Y.: “When the switch happens and the computers start to apply data and come up with diagnosis or plans — well, that really can’t be that far ahead.”
Essentially, these next-generation AI wonders tap into the technology’s ability to do a lot of the thinking and strategizing for you. Of course, it’s always your call if you want to trust an entity whose heart literally beats with all the warmth of an Intel or similar multiprocessor. But if you’re curious about what the future of what business software will look like for pharmacists, here’s a sampling of what’s coming down the pike:
AI App Makers
You can start dabbling in artificial intelligence right now — and for free — with open source software like Datumbox. Targeted to businesses with one or more programmers on staff — or an extremely brave PC power user — Datum is an AI platform that enables you to design and build your own AI apps from scratch.
Specific tools you can create with Datumbox include:
- AI Sentiment Analyzers: These tools enable you to unleash an app on the web, social media, and similar digital locations that will see what people are saying about your company and/or products and services — and also determine if the sentiments behind those posts are positive, negative, or neutral.
- AI Text Readability Analysis: This tool can be used to ensure the marketing copy for your pharmacy business is extremely accessible — or conversely, appeals to a more discriminating audience.
- AI Gender Analysis: Whether it’s soaring praise or withering criticism, this tool will enable you to determine who’s behind posts about your company — a man or a woman.