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How can Artificial Intelligence keep you feeling well?

date: 1 August 2017
reading time: 2 min

We know that smart technologies enhance the way we are treated in hospitals. However, what about the Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Can it improve the healthcare sector?

It’s safe to say that hospital experience is usually quite dreary. There are times when a single appointment takes several hours of waiting and you must come back for further check-ups, tests, etc.

So, how can the healthcare sector benefit from AI?

To begin with, it’s best to start from the basics – since Artificial Intelligence is what makes your personal assistant devices (like Amazon Alexa) ‘come alive’, then with proper AI software, they can work as your physician.

What does it mean?

Your personal health assistant asks you multiple questions and on that basis, creates your profile. The more information it gathers about you and your well-being, the more precise diagnoses it can give you. Whenever the symptoms seem serious, it urges you to contact a real-life physician.

Therefore, when there is an actual need to see a doctor, Artificial Intelligence applications can be of great help as well.

Even though humans have spent years improving their knowledge and diagnoses, they are still nowhere near the abilities of a machine.

Machines are able to scan and detect anomalies faster and more precisely. For example, Stanford University team came up with an algorithm-based machine capable of detecting skin cancer. It was fed thousands of images connected with skin problems and based on that, it can provide sufficient diagnoses.

AI can also facilitate your treatment on the go. Wearables can scan your pulse, remind you of taking your pills and even go a step further – track your stress level, which surely is one of the 21st century’s biggest health risks.

As you can clearly see, AI algorithms and techniques can change the future of healthcare and make it more patient-friendly. What else is upon us? Probably the beginning of an AI-filled future.

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