Are Artificial Intelligence Apps Really Making a Change in Healthcare Industry?

Author Dragan Berak 21.3.2018. | 09:54

Artificial Intelligence is redefining the modern concept of healthcare services. With the perfect blend of technologies empowering machines to sense, understand, learn and act, it is improving the image of the healthcare industry.

If you have a look at the statistics, the AI healthcare focused deals have gone up from 20 in 2012 to about 70 by the mid of 2016. The market researchers have also revealed that the healthcare market for this innovative technology will grow to about $6.6 billion by 2021 and by the next five years, it will rise up to 2x. These figures signify that AI is bringing a revolution in the field of healthcare.

Artificial Intelligence, with the help of mobile apps, is creating impressive opportunities for the healthcare service providers to deliver exceptional customer experience, while maximizing the ROI. To help you in better understanding, let’s have a look at different applications of AI in the healthcare sector:

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Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

 

Faster Diagnosis

With the advent of AI-enabled software and mobile applications, it has been extremely easy to identify signs of disease in CT scans, MRI, X-rays, and Ultrasound. This has cut down the waiting time, enabling doctors to begin the treatment at a faster pace. As a result, the rate of health improvements has risen up.

 

Real-Time Monitoring

Wearable apps – like Fitbit, MapMyFitness, Strava and others – gather the patient data like a blood test, heartbeat rate, etc. in real-time and share with doctors. The clinics and doctors evaluate the patient flows from the data received and offer perpetual monitoring and improvement suggestions. This way, it eases the process of delivering quality services in remote areas.

Besides, the healthcare apps also empower the experts to monitor the patient habits and send real-time alerts to caregivers.

 

Design Treatment Plans

It is also enabling hospitals and medical centers to create improved treatment plans. For example, IBM Watson launched a plan for oncologists, which renders medical experts a number of evidence-based treatment options. The program has the potential to evaluate the definition and context of all the structured and unstructured set of data in the clinical notes and disclose reports vital for the selection process of finding the right, individually customized treatment approach.

 

Drug Discovery

Artificial Intelligence has made it super easy to study the structures of drug molecules and envisage their potency, adverse effects, and other details. This has enhanced the process of drug discovery, which eventually has cut down the cost of medications.

 

Hospital Care

This technology has simplified the approach to deliver care in medical centers and hospitals through a wider range of solutions, such as patient medication tracking, nurse staff performance assessment, patient movement tracking, patient alert system, robot surgeries, and much more.

 

Patient Assistance

AI-powered mobile apps are making a significant change in the lives of patients. They are helping them with a diverse range of solutions like detecting possible risks on the basis of their symptoms, finding a concerned local medical specialist, booking an appointment, and determining the probability of acceptance of insurance plan.

 

Administrative Efficiency

Thanks to technological innovations, various monotonous tasks can be automated, while freeing up the staff to act more productively. For example, Brother UK relies on a smart device that detects if wristbands or labels are required to be printed. And if so, the software performs the task.

 

Enhanced Customer Service

You can’t deny the fact that AI has brought positive changes in the customer services. With AI-powered healthcare apps, the user can get required information on their own. They need not run to the nearest pharmacy or hospital to get detailed information. One such app is Babylon. This UK-based application uses the personal medical history, symptoms shared by the user and medical knowledge from different sources to offer recommended actions.

 

Cyber Security

Healthcare industry is also turning towards AI for tackling the rising cyber attacks. The AI technology tracks the network in real-time, analyze a pattern, and alert if a change in pattern is found related to a data breach or ransomware.

 

Data Management

One of the best applications of AI in the healthcare industry is data management. This technological effort collects, stores and normalized data so as to transform the whole system of care. And the most overwhelming example is Google DeepMind Health project, that accumulates medical big data to deliver better solutions. Instead of recognizing the potential symptoms, the technology interprets the stored patient data to let the doctor encounter the problem and render best-possible treatments.

 

In a nutshell, Artificial Intelligence is working basically on improving quality, reducing cost and expanding access to data while keeping security in consideration.

 

What will the future bring?

The combination is striving to prevent a disease from happening, or at least restrain them at the lowest level using techniques like tweaking genes, altering patient behavior etc. However, it will not put the jobs of humans at risk. Instead, this technological effort will assist doctors in delivering better results and take the healthcare business vertical to the next level.

Wondering how? Here are different ways AI will act as an OS for relishing exclusive healthcare services:

 

  • AI will fill the gaps between the rising demand for healthcare services and a shortage of recognized staff. It will perform the tedious tasks while freeing up clinicians and workers to do more productive tasks.
  • It will help healthcare services providers to build smart workforce and culture in order to boost quality, efficiency, and outcomes.
  • The AI healthcare apps will enable practitioners and patients get access to the medical reports and data while ensuring that the security is not compromised at any point.

 

So, now as you are well-versed with the potential of Artificial Intelligence, its market scope and outcomes, what do you think – Are AI-powered apps reshaping the healthcare industry? Share your valuable views in the comment section.

 

This article was written by Tripti Tai. Being in the writing business for several years now, Tripti Rai is presently focussing on unfolding the elements that make mobile devices interesting. Currently associated with Appinventiv as a Content Manager, she is keeping herself well read with how lives are about to change in the wake of the world entering the mobile era and how to prepare the world for the race. When not writing, you can find her slurping chocolate shake in a stray dog’s company.

Author Dragan Berak 21.3.2018. | 09:54
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