The medical industry is constantly innovating and pushing technology to its limits. Because of this, our team makes it a priority to stay up to date with the newest innovations. It helps us to continue to be active members of the medical community and allows us to push the limits of our own capabilities.
One of the fastest growing branches of medical technology is artificial intelligence, or AI. This technology allows machines to learn and process information similar to how the human brain does.
Advances like this are spurring innovations in the industry. We compiled a few of the most notable examples for you below.
AI as a Medical Device
The popularization of Internet of Things (IoT) technology has also presented AI with a platform to help people in their day-to-day lives. Home IoT technology is being programmed to work alongside people to encourage health improvement goals, provide historic medical information like blood sugar readings and schedule healthcare appointments.
These are all being approached with great attention to HIPAA privacy laws, since this sort of information can be inherently sensitive. As the technology develops, the industry may see more applications for AI in IoT.
AI as a Diagnostic Tool
AI is incredibly good at collecting and analyzing data. Because of this, applications for the technology are expanding to include diagnosing health conditions. In fact, IoT technology is also being utilized to identify when someone goes into cardiac arrest while they sleep. Other programs are being combined with apps to help people diagnose conditions at home.
Technology like this has the potential to expand into other diagnostic situations. As apps and portable technology continue to progress, AI will evolve beside them so that diagnoses can be done with increased accuracy over time.
AI as a Predictive Tool
AI analyzes patterns and then makes predictions based on that data better than even a human can. Because of that, AI has been used to identify at-risk populations for a variety of health issues. The technology has even gone so far as to predict premature death.
This ability to find trends is instrumental in an industry that is constantly faced with massive amounts of data. Instead of relying on humans to sort through all of the information, healthcare professionals can receive predictions and information from AI. This allows them to spend more time helping patients with the predicted conditions.
Technology continues to advance to improve patient outcomes and the day-to-day lives of healthcare professionals. Do you have an idea for a medical device that would help improve healthcare? Reach out to us. We’d love to talk to you.