Have you ever heard about the time when thousands of people died of a deadly disease?
Now it sounds fictitious because the rapid development of science has made the healthcare industry easily accessible and more advanced. The latest addition to this fast-developing industry is the use of artificial intelligence.
Well, it is not hard to understand what artificial intelligence is.
According to Wikipedia, “Artificial intelligence sometimes called machine intelligence is intelligence demonstrated by machines, in contrast to the natural intelligence displayed by a human.”
It is a branch of Computer Science that aims at making machines intelligent like a human being. It is mainly a program algorithm that you’re using daily without realizing it. From Google searching to unlocking your phone it is everywhere. In a word, artificial intelligence is all about making the machines think and act rationally.
Okay, enough learning! Now come to the main concern.
In the healthcare industry, artificial intelligence is taking its place rapidly. Many studies show that it can perform better than a human doctor. It helps diagnosis, medical image analysis, treatment recommendations, drug discovery, record maintenance, etc.
Let’s look at the 10 best Artificial intelligences in healthcare.
AI-assisted Robotic Surgery
AI-assisted robotic surgeon is getting common day by day. It can improve the surgical performance of a surgeon. The robots can analyze previous data and guide the surgeon accordingly. It contains a 3D camera and several instruments. The 1st Robotic surgeon was used for eye surgery.
Now the most advanced robot is the Da Vinci si. Robots can do surgery by making a small incision. Thus It reduces the post-surgical suffering of a patient. They heal quickly and don’t need to stay at the hospital for a long time. Though the AI-controlled robots cannot replace the human surgeon still now but modern science expects to get more good from it.
AI-assisted Virtual Nurse
Can you imagine getting guidelines from a nurse 24×7 without any chance of mistake? AI-assisted virtual nurses can do it for you.
It not only interacts with patients but also directs doctors. It is always available to answer questions and monitor the condition of the patient. A study shows that patients prefer virtual nurses more. This technology prevents patients from re-admitting and unnecessary hospital visits. It reduces the cost of the healthcare industry too. Care angel’s virtual nurse assistant provides healthcare using artificial intelligence and voice.
Clinical Judgment and Diagnosis Aide
Artificial intelligence controlled software and robot can aid in decision making and diagnosing disease. It processes data as the diagnostic test report, genome sequence and medical history. Then it makes an organized treatment plan for the doctor. It can detect the patterns of different diseases including tumors and cancer. That’s why AI-assisted aide is called the second pair of eyes of the doctors.
Administrative Task Assistant
Probably you’ve heard of Siri, Alexa, and google assistant. In the healthcare industry, there are AI-assisted assistants too. They can do administrative tasks without any chance of mistakes. They help in prescribing medicines, making test reports and writing notes.
This technology reduces the cost of the hospital as machines act as an assistant here. Artificial intelligence controlled assistants are now expected to be a replacement of human assistants because of their availability and strong memory facility.
Image Analysis Assistant
Image analysis assistants are helpful for both doctors and patients. Analyzing an image is not easy for human eyes. So it is best to rely on intelligent machines to do it accurately.
A research team from MIT has developed a machine-learning algorithm that can analyze images up to 1000 times faster than other machines. Scientists expect to develop machines that don’t need to rely on tissue samples. They would be able to analyze the picture of scars, cuts, and rashes uploaded by the patient.
Medicines do not always work the same for every patient due to genetic factors, environment, lifestyle, and habits. So, it is necessary to prescribe customized medicines to the patients. Artificial intelligence helps the doctors in medicine precision by processing the data of the patient.
It can analyze large data more accurately and faster than any clinicians and doctors. Amplion is a precision medicine intelligence company that has released software using machine learning to contribute to pharmaceutical companies. This technology can make the treatment more accurate for the patients.
Drug discovery is an important approach in the healthcare industry. It requires a long time and a hard process to discover a new drug. Scientists are working on combining artificial intelligence with new experimental technologies to discover new drugs.
AI algorithm studies chemical property, molecular design, protein-ligand interaction, drug-related knowledge, etc to make a new formula. Scientists expect to use this particular technology for discovering drugs for cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, etc.
AI-assisted Robot Dentist
In China, a robot dentist has treated a patient without any help from a human dentist. It has implanted two teeth into a woman’s mouth. It is needless to describe the importance of this technology in Dentistry. It is sometimes hard for a human dentist to get a clear view of the inside. Artificial intelligence controlled robots can change the working patterns of a dentist. It can do the root canal, teeth cleaning and implanting new teeth.
The best part is that it makes minimal invasions while filling cavities. So, the patient does not have to take unnecessary pain. The day is not very far when we will see robot dentists replacing the human dentists. Science is working on making it a mainstream treatment process.
AI-Assisted Melanoma Detector
Melanoma and psoriasis often confuse the doctors to differentiate since psoriasis shows the same symptoms as melanoma. That’s why it is hard to detect at first stage. But computer-based deep learning algorithm can analyze the symptoms and images of the affected skin. It detects melanoma faster than any dermatologist. Machines can analyze digital macroscopic or dermoscopic images to detect cancer cells. At present dermatologists rely on the technology for its accurate and fast results.
SWORD health, a Portugal based healthcare startup, has invented an artificial intelligence controlled physical therapist that can replace the idea of a traditional therapist. It requires attaching to the patient’s body for providing quick guidelines.
The robot therapist has made physiotherapy much easier for the patients. Machines can observe the patient more carefully and objectively. It makes the treatment process perfect. Patients can take the treatment even without going to the therapy center. They just need to keep the camera on and make a video to get immediate feedback. Thus artificial intelligence can change the way of traditional physiotherapy.
Artificial intelligence can make a drastic change in the healthcare industry. It has already started its journey towards development and a long way to go still.