What role can Artificial Intelligence play in Healthcare?
Today’s Doctor and health care providers receive copious amounts of data, whether that’s from your daily activity data, your daily measurements, data from scans, DNA testing data, etc that they must go through in order to properly diagnose a patient. Sometimes there’s too much data for the doctors to consider and so they cut bait with some of it to rank all the clutter. On top of all that data they are looking into a system to find how that data correlates with your back pain, sleep issues or whatever other symptom you are having, then finding the proper medication for you. All of this takes time away from the doctor to properly develop a relationship with the patient and better diagnose patients problems. Lets dive into how machine learning and AI’s can help with this.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) can make sense of Data
There is ton of data about your health as well as medical history and how it correlates to symptoms of certain conditions. You can’t reasonably expect doctors to have memorized all of those. An AI can sweep through data sets within minutes and look at data for certain symptoms across as many resources as it has access to as well as how it correlates with the patient’s own medical history and give the doctor a smaller segmented list of conditions that could be plausible as well as the possible medications for each and/or nutritional recommendations. From that the doctors freed up to use his expertise and training to properly diagnose a patient’s condition. Maybe this patient needs to be more active and does not eat a nutritious diet or based on how he/she works out, he/she may have a pinched nerve. These are tools to help doctors, not replace them. The human touch is an important part of the relationship between a doctor and a patient.
AI’s are already beginning to play a role in improving healthcare outcomes, lower costs and prediction outcomes.
Your Personal AI
With Google home, Amazon Alexa, Siri, and Cortona we see how we can interact with AI”s on day to day and how they serve as an Assistant to make our lives easier. As healthcare App’s move forward they’ll have to develop an API for these services and the possibilities are endless. The potential for a personal AI to help you better your health and serve as a preventive measure as well as behavioral tool for positive lifestyle change is endless. Imagine walking up and the AI ask’s you if have gone for your morning run and when your back it puts a recipe for a healthy breakfast on the refrigerator monitor. This simplifies and reduces barriers to make those changes so that you have more time to actually make the meal and less time worrying about what your going to eat to stay healthy or how you will maintain your diet. The possibilities are endless.
Check out what @Microsoft is doing with AI and healthcare here.