We live in the age of AI.
No matter which industry you are related to, the 21st century has brought everything under the ambit of this all-encompassing technology. From manufacturing to medicine, every aspect of life today has been touched by AI.
Truth is, AI is not a very new technology. Work on AI started around the 1950s and has made great strides in recent times. And while the use of AI in computing and communication technology is widely accepted, medical science too has adopted this discipline.
The use of AI in healthcare is already a booming industry with global investments running in the billions. It’s estimated that by 2021, the global medical AI industry is going to grow to a massive $6.6 billion! With that kind of a figure, it isn’t hard to imagine the impact AI is having on healthcare.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the healthcare sectors that AI has affected in a positive manner.
It’s amazing to think that the same technology (well, similar) that helps to auto-tag Facebook photos can also help detect cancer. Thankfully, AI has made this possible. Currently, numerous AI solutions are being developed that can help human doctors understand radiological scans better.
What’s more, using AI, these systems can even undertake automatic analysis and detection of cancerous tumours in scans. This eliminates the need for human intervention and also reduces the scope of errors.
Discovery Of New Drugs
One of the major advantages of AI is that it can be used to automatically analyse massive data stores. This makes it particularly suitable for mining existing medical databases, and discovering useful patterns.
Such analyses can then be used to identify potential therapies and create new drugs. What’s more, AI can help analyse patient data on a DNA level, and create personalised drugs. This can pave the way to a disease-free future. What’s more, due to the use of AI, the time-to-market of these medicines can also be made faster.
Risk Factor Identification
This is one of the major advantages of AI. Traditionally, healthcare has been a reactive process, i.e., we only take the help of healthcare professionals when we’re sick. AI has already given a preemptive edge to the task.
Using AI-based analysis, healthcare experts can identify patients who are at risk of becoming severely ill. This allows for preemptive care which can potentially save lives. A good example of this is the process where cardiovascular disease risk can be predicted from an image of the patient’s retina.
Remote Primary Care
Often, in the case of a medical emergency, the patient and their families don’t know how to respond. This can be the difference between life and death.
AI-based communication can work wonders in this case. By providing the primary care instructions via chat or voice, AI systems can help to save thousands of lives. What’s more, such AI-based systems can also be useful in providing healthcare to remote regions where physical connectivity is difficult.
Healthcare Business Performance Analysis
AI can also help analyse the overall health of a healthcare business. By tracking multiple performance and financial parameters, AI-based systems can work to effectively gauge the performance of a medical business. Plus, they can also suggest improvements where needed.
Challenges Related To Healthcare In AI
Despite all the above advantages, it cannot be denied that the use of AI in healthcare is still at a nascent stage. There are several challenges that need to be overcome in order for AI to be fully integrated with the present healthcare system.
For starters, AI needs a huge amount of data for algorithmic training. This raises the question of patient data privacy, and how sharing of data with AI companies can be done ethically.
Also, in the case of a mishap, who takes the primary responsibility? AI is a technology, not a person. Can a machine be held responsible for incorrect diagnosis and treatment?
Till such questions are resolved, the best approach is to use AI in an advisory capacity.
Healthcare has always been associated with the human touch. However, in present times, AI has made great strides in the realm of healthcare. As a result, we can expect autonomous medical systems in the future.
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