Nowadays, smartphones are equipped with voice-activated commands that entertain and assist us in our everyday lives, smart TVs offer an array of system-generated list of suggestions on Netflix or YouTube, and self-driving cars are a reality.
All these impressive technologies are made possible by Artificial Intelligence (AI), the field that aims to make machines imitate human movement and thinking. What started out as an idea of “thinking machines“, now has applications in various fields with the help of different approaches and algorithms, such as deep learning and cognitive automation, to name a few.
Healthcare, being an information-filled and human-dominated industry is no exception to the list of institutions that are slowly opening their arms to the promise of AI’s digital revolution.
In a place where time could literally mean life or death, each millisecond in executing tasks matters. With this industry’s primary focus for having systems in place where order and organization is at the core, AI’s advent in the field of healthcare provides for efficiency. The vast percentage of unstructured data in the medical field triggers AI to come into play by helping achieve better analysis.
But exactly just how useful is artificial intelligence in the field of healthcare nowadays? Let’s take a closer look at some of the ways AI is already being applied in various healthcare settings:
- Combating cardiac arrest
Responding to chest pain and heart attack as quickly as it progresses, a voice-controlled system named Alexa coupled with Echo (smart speakers) allows first aid to be administered by giving instructions on how to resuscitate a person suffering from cardiac arrest. This AI genius accesses data programmed by the American Heart Association into its library of healthcare-related information to carry out this life-saving feat.
- Defeating diabetes
A growing number of startup companies are keen on developing software that can assist in the treatment of this disease. There is a smartphone software that can bridge patient-doctor communication even outside the hospital premises. With diabetes-related information being entered by the patient on one end, and the doctor’s response on the other, providing ultimate medical assistance is achieved swiftly.
- Securing sleep
A vital human activity is getting enough sleep. Tech companies have developed AI in the form of sleep tracking apps that can monitor your heart rate, breathing, and other sleep-related concerns while you are in deep slumber.
- Providing virtual assistance and other administrative tasks
Created with the ability to record and analyze conversations between a doctor and his patient, another AI present in the healthcare field assists in summarizing the consultations and forwarding the information to the patient’s electronic record. Additionally, a platform that houses an in-house health bot helps a patient in choosing the right doctor to see, and, subsequently set an appointment. WorkFusion has an automation product that provides a wide range of capabilities for healthcare organizations.
- Analyzing brain tumor
Often, a biopsy needs to be performed on tumors in order to analyze it. With the advent of deep learning, unstructured data found in MRI scans can now be better analyzed without having to splice a person’s brain.
With more research and technological developments, we can expect more applications of AI in healthcare and other industries.
Author Bio: Rana Tarakji is an entrepreneur and a contributing writer at OneSEO (http://oneseo.net/blog) who lives in Beirut, Lebanon. Rana Tarakji is passionate about digital marketing, startups, helping entrepreneurs grow, and empowering them to live their dreams. She has worked as a digital marketer, a technology co-founder and business developer, and a writer.
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