Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Medicine

-->April 19, 2018Uncategorized

Even though artificial intelligence has been around for a while, it’s just now that it’s being popularized and implemented in our everyday lives in every possible way. From smartphones with AI interfaces to self-driving cars, the benefits are clearly visible.

With all the noise surrounding artificial intelligence and the rising speculations that AI has the potential to evolve in a great danger to mankind, it’s easy to let our survival instincts kick in and discard AI as something bad and threatening. But is AI really pitting man against the machine?

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I think medicine is the perfect example where the benefits of AI clearly shine over its possible future negative effects, mostly because even the steadiest hand can’t be as steady as the precisely accurate robots and extremely fine-tuned diagnostic algorithms to solve complex surgical and clinical problems.

Experts have predicted that artificial intelligence will do for medicine in the 21st century what the stethoscope did for medicine in hundreds of years ago.

 

How can medicine benefit from artificial intelligence?

Seeing as 12 million American adults are misdiagnosed every year by doctors, accompanied by an aging population, it’s no wonder making the healthcare system more accurate and more efficient has been in the focus for a while now.

Fortunately, artificial intelligence may just be the perfect solution to this growing problem.

HumanDx uses machine learning to help doctors deal with complex medical conditions by gathering information and advice from other doctors from over 70 countries worldwide. Physicians can upload images and test results from the condition or situation they are dealing with. The AI calculates all the answers and combines them into a single report.

As waiting times are increasing in wealthy countries because of doctors being overbooked, it’s no wonder online consultation apps are on the rise, because they save time both for the doctor and patient, increasing efficiency along the way.

Even gaming companies are investing in the medical AI field. Jensen Huang, Nvidia’s CEO announced that his company is aiming at “revolutionizing modern medical imaging using computational approaches.

Nvidia has developed a software-based solution where you can take any medical image, produced by any medical device such as MRI, CT, PET scan and have a lot more insight using the power of deep learning and 3D visualization.

According to a study, researchers at Google were able to predict cardiovascular risk factors not previously thought to be quantifiable, in retinal images using artificial intelligence.

 

So is AI pitting man against the machine?

Even though it’s still early to make a statement, one thing is clear. AI in its current state is taking medical care beyond what anyone thought capable even 5 years ago. If development keeps up with its current pace, who knows what could be possible in the next 10 years.