Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare

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artificial intelligence healthcareIf you have ever seen the Disney film Big Hero Six, you’ve met Baymax – “your personal healthcare companion.” This cartoon example of artificial intelligence and the possibilities offered by using such a machine for analysis and diagnosis of patients are one of the best ways to express the potential of artificial intelligence and the future of healthcare. While our own personal Baymax may still be a long way off, there are so many developments in the artificial intelligence field that will change and save many lives. Here are just a few of the many uses of artificial intelligence that have taken root in the past several years.

Developing Treatment Plans

There are programs available to physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare providers that will allow you to quickly develop a treatment plan for your patients, track their results, and adjust the course of action for a better outcome. When done using an AI program, the time spent analyzing a case can be greatly reduced and the physician can get his or her patient started on a treatment in a much timelier manner. Simply enter the patient’s data into the system, review the suggested plan, and make any necessary tweaks to find the perfect solution.

Handling Extensive Research

Have you ever spent hours poring over a stack of patient files, looking for a needle-in-a-haystack clue for a diagnosis because you remember that a patient from years previous had similar symptoms? Artificial Intelligence via a search engine can all but eliminate those types of searches, with the exception of in those offices that haven’t entered all of their records onto an online server. AI can hand you a list of possible matches for your search terms in a matter of minutes, sometimes even saving lives due to its efficiency.

Preparing Drugs for Treatment

There are already specialized artificial intelligence applications which are greatly reducing the amount of time necessary for drug research. Instead, these AI programs are quickly analyzing the molecular structures of germs, medicines, and ingredients to help determine what needs to be combined to create a drug to combat a new illness or as a safer, more effective therapy for an existing condition. Years and years of drug research and unsafe clinical trials may soon be a thing of the past.

Automation of Routine Tasks

Routine tasks are often mindless and mundane, creating a human effect of distraction that can easily lead to disastrous mistakes. By making a move to use artificial intelligence to complete these more tedious jobs, often the results are more favorable and there are fewer accidents that are related to carelessness. This is especially helpful in a hospital setting where any mistake could cause a critical, life-changing situation for patients.

The future of artificial intelligence is so very exciting. Your imagination can go wild with all of the possibilities of how this technology can be used in the medical profession and beyond. Are there developing artificial intelligence technologies that you are looking forward to experiencing? Share with us in the comments below.

 

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