Artificial Intelligence will modernize healthcare completely - for the better. AI will help medical professionals in laying out efficient medication plans and finding the most appropriate approach for every patient. It might bring an end to repetitive, monotonous jobs, giving physicians and nurses the required time to perform their actual jobs instead of tackling the red tape tread-wheel.
Incubating AI start-ups, Google mentioned that Launchpad Studio’s initial track is aimed squarely at healthcare and biotech.
The primary aim of health-related AI applications is to analyze relationships between prevention or treatment techniques and patient outcomes. Let's have a quick look on some of the ways AI is set to sweep clean outdated Healthcare practices.
1. Organising & Supervising Medical Records
The most extensively used Artificial Intelligence technology in Healthcare involves collating, organising and analysing data and medical records.Robots collect, store, organise, and trace data to provide faster, more consistent access saving time and increasing diagnostic efficiency. Recently, the AI research branch of the search giant, Google, launched its Google Deepmind Health project, which is used to mine the data of medical records in order to provide better and faster health services. The project is in its initial phase, and at present, they are cooperating with the Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to improve eye treatment.
2. Health Monitoring
Alexa, Siri and the likes have made friends with more and more homes, they could soon be having a huge impact on hospitals.
As Wellness gains more and more awareness, ways in which AI-based virtual assistants can make an impact are intriguing.
CEO Yuval Mor of Beyond Verbal quoted,
"In the not so far future, our aim is to add vocal biomarker analysis to our feature set enabling virtual private assistants to analyze your voice for specific health conditions," Anthony Chambers, director of the life sciences practice at Chicago-based consultancy West Monroe Partners said,
"Being able to potentially monitor the intake with a human in the room, but also an Alexa-type unit listening to the conversation and also hearing the stress or anger or fear in a patient's voice, that may throw up real-time prompts that the human can then put forward,"
3. Bionic Prosthetic Limbs
Prosthetic Limbs have changed very little in almost a century. The complexity of design and functionality has had its effect on innovation in this arena.
Newcastle University in the United Kingdom has come up with a Bionic Hand - one smart prosthetic hand.
The bionic hand is fitted with a camera which instantaneously takes a picture of the object in front of it, assesses its shape and size and triggers a series of movements in the hand. "Using computer vision, we have developed a bionic hand which can respond automatically – in fact, just like a real hand,” Kianoush Nazarpour, a senior lecturer in Biomedical Engineering at Newcastle University, said in a statement. “The user can reach out and pick up a cup or a biscuit with nothing more than a quick glance in the right direction,” he said. “Responsiveness has been one of the main barriers to artificial limbs. For many amputees, the reference point is their healthy arm or leg so prosthetics seem slow and cumbersome in comparison.”
The 'intuitive' hand can react without thinking. Today’s prosthetic hands are controlled via myoelectric signals – electrical activity of the muscles recorded from the skin surface of the stump.
4. Precision Medicine
Genetics and genomics look for mutations and links to disease from the information in DNA. With the help of AI, body scans can spot cancer and vascular diseases early and predict the health issues people might face based on their genetics.
Artificial intelligence will have a huge impact on genetics and genomics as well. Deep Genomics aims at identifying patterns in huge data sets of genetic information and medical records, looking for mutations and linkages to disease. They are inventing a new generation of computational technologies that can tell doctors what will happen within a cell when DNA is altered by genetic variation, whether natural or therapeutic.
5. Drug Creation
Pharmaceutical development through clinical trials can take decades and cost billions of dollars.Making this process faster and cheaper could change the world.During the recent Ebola virus outspread, a program powered by AI was used to scan existing medicines that could be redesigned to fight the disease.
The program found two medications that may reduce Ebola infectivity in one day when analysis of this type generally takes months or years – a difference that could mean saving thousands of lives. ATOMWISE - the saviour company. Atomwise uses supercomputers that root out therapies from a database of molecular structures.
“If we can fight back deadly viruses months or years faster that represents tens of thousands of lives,” said Alexander Levy, COO of Atomwise.“Imagine how many people might survive the next pandemic because a technology like Atomwise exists,” he added.
Artificial intelligence "is rewiring our modern conception of healthcare delivery," according to a new Accenture report, an array of clinical AI applications are already well on their way to saving the industry $150 billion over the next 10 years.
In the shorter term, the report forecasts a 40 percent compound annual growth rate between now and 2021, with acquisitions of AI startups proceeding at a feverish pace.