By Dhiren Patel
Today’s Doctor and health care providers receive copious amounts of data, whether that’s from your daily activity data, your daily measurements, data from scans, DNA testing data, etc that they must go through in order to properly diagnose a patient. Sometimes there’s too much data for the doctors to consider and so they cut bait with some of it to rank all the clutter. On top of all that data they are looking into a system to find how that data correlates with your back pain, sleep issues and whatever another symptom you are looking at then finding the proper medication for you. All of this takes time away from the doctor to properly develop a relationship with the patient and better diagnose patients problems. Let’s dive into how machine learning and AI’s can help with this.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) can discern trends from large data sets
There is the ton of data about your health and history how it correlates to data and symptoms of certain conditions and you can’t reasonably expect doctors to have memorized those. An AI can sweep through data sets within minutes and look at data for certain symptoms across as many resources it has access to as well as how it correlates with the patient’s own medical history or certain genomic factors. This can provide the doctor a smaller segmented list of conditions that could be plausible as well as the possible medications for each and/or nutritional recommendations. From that, the doctors freed up to use his expertise and training to properly diagnose a patient’s condition and recognize a rare disease before it’s too late. Maybe this patient needs to be more active and does not eat a nutritious diet or based on how he/she works out the pain he’s feeling he/she may have a pinched nerve. These are tools to help doctors not replace them, the human touch is an important part of the relationship between a doctor and a patient.
AI’s are already beginning to play a role in improving healthcare outcomes, lower costs and prediction outcomes.
Your Personal AI
With Google home, Amazon Alexa, Siri, and Cortona we see how we can interact with AI”s on a daily level and how they serve as Assistant to make our lives easier. As healthcare App’s move forward they’ll have to develop an API for these services the possibilities are endless. The potential for a personal AI to help you better your health and serve as a preventive measure as well as a behavioral tool for positive lifestyle change is endless. Imagine walking up and the AI ask’s you if have gone for your morning run and when your back it puts a recipe for a healthy breakfast the refrigerator monitor. This simplifies and reduces barriers to make those changes so that you have more time to actually make the meal and less time worrying about what I am going to eat to stay healthy or maintain my diet. The possibilities are endless
Check out what Microsoft is doing with AI and healthcare here.