The implications of AI technology are limitless, most of us use AI on a day-to-day basis already. Phones or machines in your home use different AI’s depending on your preferred brand. Google, or android devices, utilize two different AI’s- Bixby and Google Voice Assistant. Amazon has the amazing Alexa and Apple has the sometimes funny, sometimes creepy Siri. All of these AI’s share a common goal: to increase its device efficiency and effectiveness through voice activation and control. This is very similar to the goal of medical IT companies within the medical industry.
Affects AI Can Have on Our Medical Industry
Implementing AI in the medical field will result, in my opinion, in some really, super cool advancements for medical care. For instance, the AI will exponentially accelerate early detection, diagnostic, and treatment plans for diseases through devices worn for tracking habits (Fitbit, Apple, Garmin etc.), image analytics, and pattern recognition much faster than trained physicians. The ability of the AI to gather and analyze massive amounts of data at a fraction of the time it would normally take a physician to do so by hand would nearly if not completely omit the need for a physician to do research on their own.
Leading Medical IT Companies
Google aims to apply their AI towards disease detection, data interoperability, and health insurance. They have already introduced an algorithm that can diagnose diabetic retinopathy in photos. Since 2017, Apple has been collecting data on heart rhythms via Apple Watches and implemented a notification system to their users when the heart behaves abnormally. They have also created an AI system to track and monitor Parkinson’s disease tremors allowing medicine dosages to be more accurately prescribed. Certain Apple products can conduct sight (IPhone X), hearing (AirPods), and speech tests. In 2014 Amazon entered into the medical supply market which really took off once Covid-19 spread worldwide and supplies became very difficult to find. They plan to expand into the pharmaceutical industry with the acquisition of PillPack, an online pharmaceutical company. Furthermore, Amazons own lab Amazon X has begun implementing innovations regarding cancer research, medical records, the transportation of goods, and much more. The Microsoft Windows operating system, which can be found in practically every hospital, stands as the most logical choice for integrating the Microsoft Azure program into the healthcare information framework. Azure manages data security and ensures medical facilities remain compliant with HIPAA regulations. CitiusTech provides healthcare IT services of all kinds such as data science, big data, and performance management.
Medical AI Technology is the Future
AI technology will be the key to helping people live longer while also reducing the need for hospitalizations due to earlier asymptomatic detection. With an AI being able to consistently improve itself, the AI will have the intelligence to adjust its algorithms as needed for faster research and more accurate diagnostics. An AI is currently using pictures of skin lesions to detect and diagnose cancer. The main idea of AI innovations is to provide faster, more accurate diagnostics to increase medical care efficiency and effectiveness.