When we wear a fitness watch, we unwittingly become the beneficiaries of AI in healthcare. The healthcare AI model or the Internet of Medical Things are transforming the approaches to treatment and disease detection. We are going to investigate some areas in medical science where artificial intelligence is currently in use and is generating positive results.
Conversational Interphases for Psychological Therapy
Artificial Intelligence in healthcare covers extensive areas, from physical health to mental health. Automated text interaction is the current mode of extending help to people suffering from a state of dejection and the likes. Apart from this, some vendors also provide tips and reminders that reinforce sound sleeping habits and positive thinking. Chatbots for therapy sessions are still in the making.
It is to be noted that these AI-interphases are intended to encourage people to consult real therapist or psychiatrists.
Fitbits and Apple Watch
Fitbits were first launched in 2009. Apart from faltering in competition with the shinier Apple Watch and the dirt-cheap Xiaomi watches, over the years, these devices proved themselves to be potent detectors of sleep patterns, heart rate etc.
Fitbit has been acquired by Google and it claims to bring together the best in AI, machine learning, cognitive processing and software and hardware to renovate these wearables.
On the other hand, the Apple watch series 6 has a blood oxygen monitor. It takes 15 seconds for it to detect a person’s vo2 level. It monitors sleep patterns, average heart rate, and is especially good for people suffering from atrial fibrillation.
The implementation of AI in healthcare has improved the chances of early detection of diseases. For instance, AI provides a better analysis of radiology and mammogram images and expedites detection by at least 30%.
By analysing 3D retinal scans, an AI-driven system can detect up to 50 types of eye diseases. The same applies to detect the type of skin cancer.
In short AI algorithms and expert physicians working together has the ability to create wonders in healthcare.
Virtual Nursing Assist
This is not anticipation for the future, as Startups have already launched virtual nurse assist which is capable of monitoring follow-up treatments. It can provide basic information and advice about medications and alerting patients when symptoms demand a visit to the doctor. The best part is, a virtual nurse assist can be availed 24×7.
Drug repurposing is the process of using the side effect of a particular drug in fighting another ailment or infection for which the side effect is beneficial. AI is a fast and effective way to discover and identify these drugs from a combination of a large number of drugs. Aspirin is one such medicine that was repurposed as a drug against cardiovascular diseases. But it took years to figure that out. During the Ebola outbreak, it took seventeen minutes, thanks to AI, to come up with 17 possible drugs having unknown side effects that had the potential to deal with the virus in question.