4 Ways AI Will Improve Healthcare

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Advances in AI are expanding the field’s capabilties. As the Fourth Industrial Revolution promises to produce massive amounts of data, we will need AI minds to sift through it all. One area where data management can improve both micro and macro functions is healthcare.

For you, Edgy Labs compiled the 4 most important ways AI will improve healthcare:

1. Personalized Medicine

The growth of Big Data is the result of an ever-expanding, connected digital infrastructure. The sheer number of available educational resources within the medical field makes accessing them difficult.

With deep learning, machines (like IBM’s Watson) can process, analyze and recall thousands of experiments and research publications for the benefit of the user. They can take into account all learned research and clinical trials, and then use it as a tool when comparing a specific patient’s file to prepare diagnosis.

2. Precise Medicine

Big Data without big analysis means little. AI will access large databases, which contain the symptoms, analysis results, family history and diagnosis of similar patients but also the prescribed treatment and pathology evolution, all at once.

Thus, AI would reduce diagnostic errors and enable precise medicinal solutions.

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3. Preventive and Predictive Medicine

The practice of personalized medicine would open the way for preventive medicine or even predictive medicine for a specific patient. The focus of medicine could be to avoid disease and injury totally.

As machines can have equal recall of all learned information, AIs will play a pivotal part in the development of predictive medicine.

4. Chatbots and Virtual Medical Assistants

Chatbots and virtual assistants have already proved their benefits in the retail industry and social media marketing. The healthcare sector can also take advantage of this technology and thereby enable patients to become more autonomous in the management of their health.

In a country where the number of health professionals is in constant flux, Baidu created a medical chatbot, named Melody to speed up the process of medical diagnosis.

Developed at Stanford University, MedWhat is a medical AI who can answer basic questions about a subject’s health.

As is always the case, the development of any new technology precedes a health ethical debate. While AI and Big Data would open promising horizons and solve many problems with regards to medical personnel shortages, questions of medical confidentiality, legal responsibility, and privacy arise, hence the need for reflection on the development and potential abuses of such technologies.

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