Have you heard of robotic nurses serving food to Corona patients in the isolation ward? Or surgeons performing remote but a very real surgery on a patient? These are nothing but examples of AI used in healthcare.
What is artificial intelligence anyway?
It’s nothing but a set of programs that helps a machine think, sense and act as a human. Be it a software, a robot or a device, if it has AI, it can act according to circumstances. So, why not program one to facilitate healthcare?
Let’s take a look at some real-life examples to see how AI is being used in healthcare.
It takes years of experimenting and research to come up with a vaccine or cure of a disease. Some even require you to have genomics data, which can be very expensive and time consuming to acquire. However, AI platforms like Tempus, BioXcel Therapeutics and Proscia have made things easier.
It is one thing to diagnose a disease based on blood tests and CT scans. However, when you use an AI platform, the same samples can be studied in much greater detail. One such platform is PathAI, that reads pathological images in greater detail and detects cancer more accurately.
You’ve had voice assistants updating you with news, weather forecasts and traffic. Likewise, you have nurse assistants like Angel that can monitor your health, interact with you, answer your questions and help you resolve your problems before they get serious.
Patient Care in Hospitals
Managing a hospital involves plenty of tasks, patient care being one of the most important ones. There are some AI apps that cater to various needs of a patient. For example, Qventus is a software helps in mapping the fastest ambulance routes, tracking waiting time in hospitals and is also eligible to prioritize the urgency and seriousness of the patient.
It may sound scary that a metallic hand could be entering inside your body when your condition is critical. However, surgical robots prove to be more accurate for two reasons – firstly, they’re supervised by the surgeon and secondly, they can provide more detailed access in the patient’s body.
So, in any form, AI has been helping healthcare professionals in treating you better. From medical research to performing real surgeries, it can be an assistant to a patient, a scientist, a doctor or a manager.