Artificial intelligence (AI) has taken the industrial world by storm, including anticipated spending in excess of $6 billion in health care by 2021. AI already provides patient-care outcome analytics, assists with development of new cures and powers wearable medical-monitoring and treatment devices to increase a patient's quality of life.
Learning algorithms power AI's strength. A patient may present with one issue, but on further analysis, additional ones and root causes are discovered. Traditionally, that knowledge of underlying causes resided in each doctor and in medical tomes presenting options for optimal treatment. No one doctor or specialist could possibly absorb all available information in a practice or care facility, let alone research medical journals.
Learning algorithms eliminate those inherent knowledge silos by aggregating and analyzing the mass quantity of information available worldwide regarding symptoms, possible diagnoses and treatment plans. Algorithms allow AI to perform that analysis in a matter of minutes, presenting the most likely optimal outcome and freeing medical personnel to treat patients rather than analyze data.
Medical research alone is a multi-billion dollar industry. New drug development, while life-saving, is a time-consuming and costly process. As new diseases emerge and others mutate, drugs that can cure a patient today may be obsolete in 10 years.
Assigning AI robots to perform research has already led to many medical breakthroughs. The research has led to new cancer treatments and alternative medications to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease, and it is currently working on Ebola and multiple sclerosis.
Wearable devices can monitor blood sugar, track Parkinson's disease tremors, detect heart-rate changes and evaluate blood oxygenation. Today's smart phones can read the devices and transmit information directly to the attending physician. AI aggregates the incoming data with current patient data to detect trends and changes, and assist in improved treatment.
Patients retain their lifestyles without unnecessary doctor visits and the doctor has an accurate analysis of their condition.
As a health care provider, you may be looking at that wave of information and technology, wondering whether you'll ride it or capsize.
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