How AI Is Contributing To Modern Healthcare?
Artificial Intelligence is slowly, but surely, showing potential in improving modern healthcare. Lately, medical science is seeing potential in the ability of Artificial Intelligent systems to find meaning in datasets that are too difficult for us to process. This potential is perfectly applicable in modern healthcare practices.
First of all, let’s look into the word “Artificial Intelligence (AI)”.
What is AI?
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the science and engineering of creating intelligent computer systems that can perform tasks without receiving instructions directly from humans. These computer systems use some different algorithms and decision-making capabilities. As well as vast amounts of data, to provide a solution or response to a request. Let’s jog our memory a little bit; do you remember that talking thingy in Iron Man called Jarvis? That interacts with Tony Stark in his house or when he puts his “Iron Man” suit on? Yes, exactly that’s an AI. It makes appointments for him, picks his calls, and watches his home for security. And also does many things that are both humanly and technologically possible for him. It’s like having a perfect robot assistant has a mind of its own, but you can modify it anytime.
It is not hard to envision that sometimes in the future, robots will work alongside their human counterparts to work with patients. While some skeptics may argue that machines can never indeed replace doctors and other healthcare professionals, deep learning AI is slowly transforming the modern healthcare industry.
However, the use of AI is very much in its infancy stage and have barely scratched the surface. But there have been significant developments in modern healthcare that are worthy of note.
Currently, AI can predict heart attacks!
Four AI algorithms in research at the UK have been used to predict heart failures four times more accurate than top experienced doctors.
BBC News reported an AI program, early this year, was able to identify skin cancer through a series of photographs, which has Stanford University researchers excited, even believing the AI system could be used by turning any smartphone into a cancer scanner, a lofty idea that might be the advent of a “Star Trek” like medical tricorder.
A similar AI program is reportedly having the same level of success in diagnosing cataracts, featured in Live Science. The beauty of an AI-assisted diagnosis is that while the machine is analyzing data, the doctors can spend more time with the patient. However, while AI would eventually revolutionize the modern healthcare in coming years, physicians would often find themselves perplexed on how to include the technology into their practice. Once fully integrated, only then can it be fully exploited by lending itself to more efficient and accurate routine checkups to more specialized areas of medicine.
AI Can Improve Modern Healthcare In The Following Ways:
Detecting Disease Through Facial Symptoms
Technology that allows AI systems to recognize faces in digital photographs is now revealing the same potential in identifying physical identifiers in certain medical conditions.
To illustrate, consider “Face2Gene” phenotyping applications. Those applications use face recognition and machine learning to help healthcare providers in identifying rare genetic disorders. Moreover, these applications pull data points from a photo. Then, they compare it to images of patients from a database, which have also been diagnosed with these disorders.
Personal Health Virtual Assistant
With most of the today’s adolescents, adults, and old people owning a smartphone, they are likely to have access to an intelligent personal virtual assistant on their devices. The likes of Cortana and Siri (Apple’s AI) are backed by powerful systems with robust AI capabilities. These systems have potential to provide tremendous value when combined with Modern Healthcare apps.
Modern Healthcare apps’ purpose is to deliver medication alerts, patient education material, and human-like interactions to gauge a patient’s current mental state. The application of AI in the form of a personal assistant can have an incredible impact on monitoring and assisting patients with some of their needs when clinical personnel is not available.
One of the new areas of AI that is beginning to gain adoption in the modern healthcare is in the field of customer service. And healthcare bots are likely to be available soon as part of what healthcare providers offer. A bot is an AI application in which patients interact with through a chat window on a website or via telephone so that they receive help with their requests. Bots are beneficial in situations such as scheduling follow-up appointments with a patient’s provider online.
Personal Life Coach
With today’s robot’s AI capabilities and mobile apps, patients can receive feedback on some data elements captured on their phones or wearable devices. Whether it relates to medication adherence or is merely a motivational voice that encourages fitness activities and healthy habits, AI as a personal life coach creates a customized skill for each patient. Also, it offers proactive signals that patients can send back to physicians.
Treatment Of complicated Diseases
AI can help doctors in the treatment of complicated and confusing disease cases. For example in surgery, AI proves on a daily basis to be a beneficial tool and figure in instances of operation. That helps doctors work faster and in most cases, complete the work error free.
Medical Researchers and scientists are always finding ways to improve AI systems in modern healthcare. As the world improves technologically, much easier, correct and error freeways replaced hard ways of discovering and treating diseases such as:
- Image Recognition & Interpretation
- Diagnostic Assistance
- Generating Reminders & Alerts
- Therapy Planning
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