Survival instinct is key to the prosperity of the human species. It is perhaps why we as humans have always been a bit hypochondriac deep down. Thus, when people are personally given the responsibility of monitoring their health, they are at a greater advantage.
However, humans have minimal computational capacity in terms of analyzing their physiological data, which are gathered through sensations such as fatigue and pain to name a few. Moreover, they cannot possibly compare this data with various other data sets. This is why, humans are soon going to lose their comparative advantage in the task of reporting their physiological conditions to AI systems.
While it is well established already by various experts that, Artificial Intelligence can help medical and healthcare professionals to carry out diagnosis much more efficiently than before, the role AI can play in personal fitness is something which is being brought to notice recently. The AI-driven medical systems industry is set to grow up to $6.6 billion according to an Accenture report.
Some of the spheres within which AI has been most effectively applied according to a Forbes magazine report are: AI assisted robotic surgery, image analysis, and other administrative and managerial tasks within the health sector. Apart from these, AI has effortlessly assumed the roles of virtual nursing assistants and has been quite successful in aiding clinical judgments.
Since these have shown positive results, all these technologies are to be used by the large scale health industry and will be administered and used by professionals. Meanwhile, the role of patients as passive recipients of treatment will remain the same. Moreover, while these significant changes keep happening in the medical industry, there is another parallel healthcare revolution brewing, and this is aimed at empowering the individual patients.
Many personal fitness gadgets are being developed for the market. When these gadgets are integrated with AI systems, they become capable of providing customized health care solutions for individuals. These will soon offer a far more intense and all-round healthcare option for individuals than any given physician could ever provide.
Wearables and AI: Are you Fitbit Enough?
Wearable fitness gadgets have risen in popularity in spite of the skepticism from doctors about their effectiveness of for instance measuring how many steps any individual has taken. Moreover, there is no denying the fact that devices, like the Apple Watch, Android Wear, and Fitbit among others are producing vast amounts of data related to the health and lifestyle of the users.
The wearables industry has witnessed its fair share of success stories. Kardia, for example, is a case in point. Kardia was successful in developing a cost-effective EKG wearable which collected vast amounts of EKG data from the users. The collected data is then processed through an algorithm which detects atrial fibrillation. The FDA has in fact cleared Kardia’s system as a valid measure for the detection of this cardiovascular condition.
Propeller Health is another successful AI system which was able to detect asthma attacks based on patient medication data and environmental conditions. There are several other examples of such successes.
Therefore, we see that not only is AI capable of producing positive results in terms of providing effective health care; it also is an inevitable option to process the large volume of health data that is generated by the wearable gadgets and other such platforms.
Apart from the wearables, several online platforms which are providing fitness related services are eventually going to benefit the users. Although they depend on human respondents in certain areas of health care, like providing a personal exercise routine or a diet plan fit for weight loss, these services can be of great help.
Conclusion: Health Care Cut to Size
We have already seen how Google Assistant, Siri, or Alexa have used our personal data to make our digital experience more fulfilling. They have technically used their AI systems to create customized song lists, reading lists, and even shopping lists for each user by training them with vast amounts of relevant data sets.
With the importance and need for AI solutions increasing by the day, MindSync is creating a holistic community of the best minds in AI technologies — data scientists, machine learning experts, etc. This community will be a single touch point for all kinds of industries to submit their requirements. These tasks will be taken up by the community as a challenge and the best talent around the world will work towards fulfilment of the business task. The best task can then be used by the business to transform its processes and create a clear competitive advantage.
Experts are of the opinion that this model can be replicated for the health sector as well. By using personal health data of the individuals, the AI systems will be able to create customized lifestyle plans, diets and exercise routines which do not affect the working hours or the personal routine of the users.
The preferences for food or types of exercises can also be taken into consideration while creating these plans. This data will reduce the bias in reporting health conditions and lifestyle choices, including intimate details like the sexual activities of the individuals.
Therefore, such a comprehensive AI system will increase productivity and well-being of individuals. While large scale AI systems used by the medical industry will improve the longevity of individuals, the personal health care sector will enhance its quality.