Healthcare industry has been evolving throughout the passage of time, with the automation of medical records in 2009; through the implementation of the HITECH act and subsequently through the use of Electronic Health Records. Innovations have brought about a paradigm shift in terms of progress towards the creation of efficient workflows and strategic policies. Introduction of wearable technology has facilitated us in recording data accurately and more precisely; information can be recorded in real time. Interoperability with other devices allows seamless sharing of information from EHR systems to IPads, Facilitates transfer rates of lightning fast speeds, allows all the stakeholders of the healthcare industry to actively participate and share information without any hindrances. However, Artificial Intelligence reinvented the way we handle our daily tasks; from the screens of our smartphones to the functionalities offered by EHR systems, almost everything has experienced automation. EHR vendors offer features such as KPI dashboards, which enable providers to manage entire practices through a single pane of glass. With countless applications, AI has been transforming the entire Healthcare IT landscape in the form of decision making and in terms of information sharing.
Real-time data sharing:
Wearable technology with the help of AI is aiding patients in sharing crucial patient data in real time. Such applications are facilitating providers in understanding the patients far better than ever before; through the recording of data and generation of potential insights with regard to the treatment methods. Even interoperability plays an important role in the transfer of data; these applications can effortlessly share their data with the platform of EHR systems. With this facility, patients can provide information seamlessly, without any disruptions and don’t have to worry about the inaccuracies.
Detection of cancer:
This chronic disease often goes undetected and significantly affects the masses. According to the National Cancer Institute statistics, about 1,735,350 types of cancer will be discovered in the year 2018 with the number of expected deaths from the disease reaching an all-time high - 609,640! Based on a study published in the Annals of Oncology, An AI program was able to detect skin cancer better than a group of 58 experts with an accuracy level of 95 percent. Great results such as these can help in the further development of AI based programs; aiding in the process of swift decision making.
According to the World Health Organization’s report on depression, more than 300 million people are affected by the psychological disease. Mind-Strong, a California based healthcare company has diagnosed the illness along with other mental disorders; through the analysis of the way people use their smartphones. Based on World Economic Forum’s article on Artificial intelligence, Mind-Strong’s Co-Founder Dr. Thomas R. Insel has stated that a person’s smartphone usage reveals how that particular person actually thinks. This approach could benefit the entire industry, since this type of technology could facilitate predictive analysis in the upcoming years; which could help in the generation of potential insights for the purpose of strategic treatment.
Recently, a chatbot known as Woebot, which is still in the works; is helping treat depression with the utilization of the concept known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. During the trial which was held for determining the efficacy of the program, 70 participants were subjected to the treatment. Symptoms of depression were eliminated over a period of two weeks, the time period for which the trial actually ran. Effective development programs such as Woebot can prove to be quite valuable in the future; with powerful applications such as these a lot of time and effort can be saved, for instance therapies could be delivered by Cognitive Intelligence enabled programs. Which could help in the detection of several mental disorders and evolve the way behavioral treatment is delivered to patients.
Virtual Assistance for therapy purposes:
Virtual Assistance programs such as Ellie have been designed to facilitate military personnel who are experiencing post –traumatic stress syndrome and depression. Aside from providing treatment from the platform of verbal cues such as speaking etc. This program can detect non-verbal cues such as gestures, postures etc. Latest methods of treatment such as Ellie, can aid in the treatment of isolation which young individuals suffer from and could counsel students in the future; for helping them in managing the stress of exams, deadlines etc. Only time can tell how Cognitive Intelligence would evolve the entire healthcare industry.