Is the Healthcare Industry Ready for AI? Kaiser Permanente Says Yes, Nurses Say No

Alacran Labs AI
2 min readJul 10, 2024

The healthcare industry is on the brink of an AI revolution. With 30% of global data coming from healthcare, it’s no wonder that tech giants are eyeing this sector. But is the industry truly ready for this leap? Let’s dive in.

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Kaiser Permanente: Full Steam Ahead

Kaiser Permanente, with its 40 hospitals across eight states, is going all-in on AI. They’re not just dipping their toes in the water; they’re diving headfirst into the deep end of the AI pool.

Daniel Yang, VP of AI at Kaiser Permanente, is set to speak at VB Transform about their AI journey. He’ll be sharing how they’re tackling the challenges of integrating AI responsibly. It’s a big deal, folks.

Nurses Raise the Red Flag

But hold your horses! Not everyone’s on board with this AI train. The California Nurses Association (CAN) is pumping the brakes.

Picture this: 200 nurses, signs in hand, protesting outside a Kaiser Permanente location in San Francisco. Their message? “Patients are not algorithms” and “Trust nurses, not AI.”

These nurses have seen AI in action, and they’re not impressed. They’re talking about incorrect alarms and AI systems failing to…