Artificial Intelligence (AI), is one of the technological innovations that has become more popular in recent years. Google, Samsung, LG, Apple and other technological giants use it in several of their products. It has been used to help in education and even for the military sector.
The utility of this technology has a lot of possibilities; but one of the industries where it has caused the most stir, after the technological one, is in the medical one.
Health sector application
In the health sector, AI has been used to give more accurate diagnoses based on the data provided, detect and prevent depression and even identify when a person is suffering from a heart attack. For Harjinder Sandhu, CEO and founder of SayKara, the recent heyday of this technology in this sector is due to data.
“The data never really existed” for AI to take off, Sandhu explained in a panel on Artificial Intelligence and its role in the future of medical care at the GeekWire 2018 Summit. “The health sector, specifically, if you look back 20 years, virtually all records were on paper, “GeekWire reported.
Other experts who shared Sandhu’s opinion were Michael Calhoun, CEO and co-founder of Mindshare Medical, a medical image analysis company, and Anisha Sood, a partner in Echo Health Ventures.
Sandhu explained that all the barriers the AI had had have been collapsing over the years.
“Now all the devices are capturing data. Everyone uses electronic medical records, all data is captured in electronic format. “
In fact, the expert believes that applications for AI could be as varied as the ranges of data involved in the health care system; engaging in activities ranging from predicting which patients will become ill, to assisting physicians in the operating room during some operation.
This can be seen as a potential risk for human health professionals. However, Sandhu and Calhoun agree that, for now, Artificial Intelligence is far from replacing doctors or other humans in the area of medicine.
“It can happen over time, for many use cases. But it is not happening at this time. So the way to do it, if you’re a new company in this space, is to find ways to add value to today’s doctors.”