From radiologic imaging to organ transplantation, laser treatments to IVF, synthetic cells to artificial hearts and bionic eyes - the healthcare industry has seen it all. And now, artificial intelligence (AI) is here to revamp the space with 63% of healthcare executives worldwide already realizing its potential and investing in it.
Analyzing and putting massive volumes of patient data to practical use, while working in a time-constrained environment and catering to a horde of people every single day certainly isn’t a cakewalk. AI and Robotics are here to improve healthcare processes, assist doctors and treat patients earlier and more effectively. This would also enable medical professionals to focus more on urgent and challenging assignments rather than repetitive and monotonous tasks.
AI is used in conjunction with computer vision and deep learning to develop platforms that can accurately analyze X-rays, CT scans and sonography reports. The platform is reliable and intelligent as it is fed with knowledge and experience of the best in the industry. It significantly outperforms a human expert with its ability to mine through records and images at a much faster pace, provide diagnosis and treatment options, along with its rationale for suggesting the same. Armed with a quicker and clearer understanding, the doctor can now make a better decision about how to take the case further.
Such platforms equally benefit the patients by encouraging them to play a more active role in their medical care. They double up as reporting tools to generate narratives that the patient can actually make sense of. For instance, consider the following snapshot of a blood test report:-
It is difficult for a layman to understand that kind of medical jargon and the relevance of the numbers given. Instead, picture your patient reading through the following:-
This one provides a more complete picture and gives the necessary information in a language that is comprehensible. The patient feels satisfied and well-informed. Natural language generation platforms like PHRAZOR by vPhrase are helping leading organizations in the healthcare domain up their game by leveraging AI technology to add value to the services they provide to their patients. Also, different sets of people - the patient’s family, doctors, nurses – would be interested in different aspects of the same report. The platform can be configured to meet each one’s need.
Virtual assistants and health tracking apps such as Microsoft HealthVault and DoctorOnDemand are bringing the ‘care’ back in healthcare. These can answer simple health related queries and track one’s health, remind people about their medication, cure mental illnesses, allow online consultation with a doctor and do so much more.
Enter robotics and we have exo-skeletons that help paralyzed people to walk and robots that assist doctors during surgery. Medicine dispensing systems such as those by ScriptPro allow pharmacists to save time and cover peak hours without employing additional staff, while reducing waiting time and increasing customer satisfaction.
There is much more to AI than simply optimizing healthcare processes- it has a revolutionary potential. It is here to eventually shift the focus from treatment to prevention. Growth in the AI health market is expected to reach $6.6 billion by 2021, which is a whopping 40% annual growth rate. It’s time the medical community embraces this new technology to serve the world better.
Romil Shah is an AI enthusiast with considerable experience across varied technology domains, primarily Natural Language Generation (NLG), and Blockchain technology. He is passionate about technological innovation and more importantly its real-world applications. His work within the field has brought about constructive conversations and explorations around AI and its extended use in businesses.