AI & Healthcare Marketing. Are You Ready?

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At the 2024 Healthcare Marketing & Physician Strategies (HMPS) Summit, Loyal’s Director of AI, Matt Cohen, and President, Brian Gresh, presented with Ardent Health’s Chief Consumer Officer, Reed Smith, about the state of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in healthcare. 

According to a recent report, healthcare generative AI is projected to reach $22 billion by 2032.1 This reflects the finding that 94% of healthcare companies are deploying AI or Machine Learning (ML) in some capacity.2

“A small but growing number of companies are forming strategic partnerships and bringing AI solutions to the fields of drug discovery, diagnostics, patient care, and claims management.”

A New Era

The chatbot and conversational AI world fundamentally changed last year with the release of open source LLMs. 

This has impacted healthcare marketing by providing enhanced opportunities in areas like:

  • Digital Engagement
  • Content Marketing
  • Forecasting & Predictive Modeling

With the rapid evolution of AI, two key forms have emerged: predictive and generative. How can these forms of AI be best leveraged in the healthcare industry? The table below outlines some of the key differences and advantages between the two.

Using AI, both predictive and generative, in healthcare settings can enhance diagnostics, improve treatment outcomes, and streamline administrative tasks, ultimately leading to more efficient and effective patient care.

Use Cases

AI Chat – Chatbot Intent Classification

  • A predictive ML model used to identify the most likely “intention” (intent) of an input utterance
  • Utilizes neural networks & large language models (LLMs) to make predictions across multiple languages
  • The predicted intent helps determine the appropriate dialog response

AI ChatAI Assistants

AI Assistants built and deployed on top of our AI infrastructure. Assistants fundamentally answer questions (knowledge) or complete a task (skill). 


  • Large Language Models (LLMs)
  • Customer data, Loyal data, FAQs, APIs
  • Web scraping to ingest more data to train LLM


  • Site Search for exact answers
  • FAD & Scheduling/Rescheduling
  • 3P Integration: RX Refill, Billing, Lab Results
  • Symptom Checker & General Health Questions
  • Feedback & Response Ratings
  • Generate HRAs and Campaigns within Loyal

Forecasting & Predictive Modeling

Appointment Utilization Forecasting:

  • Learn patterns from historical data to forecast appointment volumes (successful, wasted, and total) and ratios over a specified period of time

Engagement Predictor (appointment show/no-show):

  • Use a large amount of historical patient appointment data to train a model to predict the likelihood of a specific patient showing up to a future appointment
  • Extension: likelihood for a person to schedule 
  • an appointment given outreach


When discussing AI, several factors must be considered. Oftentimes AI can be influenced by bias which often stems from the training data and domain specificity. Also, deploying this technology can present challenges with ethics, privacy/security (such as HIPAA compliance), inaccuracies (referred to as “hallucinations”), and patient comfort levels.

Our perspective is that AI serves as an assistive technology, not a complete replacement for humans or existing processes. While it can streamline and optimize operations, human oversight is always necessary. At Loyal, we’ve been using AI-powered solutions since 2017. With a comprehensive AI/ML team, data scientists are embedded within our product teams so they know the problem space and build the AI pipelines around the solution.


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