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AI has been gaining traction in the tech industry. As its capabilities are finessed, I’m excited to see it leveraged in healthcare. There’s a wealth of untapped data that can be mined for insights using artificial intelligence – insights that can change the course of the medical industry to benefit patient care.
That may seem like a bold statement, but I think Jennifer Esposito with Intel painted the picture perfectly: imagine that a radiologist has several images to evaluate. The majority of those are normal, but there are a select few that require additional attention. With AI, this can be streamlined to allow them to focus on the more dire evaluations. It’s a digital form of triaging that could save lives and expedite care. This can’t be accomplished with just one stream of artificial intelligence, it requires a combination of machine learning, deep learning and cognitive computing to solve the complexity of problems presented.
As the population ages, home healthcare is gaining traction. Patients are more comfortable receiving care in their own homes and this also drives down overhead cost at care facilities. In order for this shift to be successful, patient healthcare data needs to be universally accessible by care providers.
In Japan, cloud-based medical information became a way of life three years ago. Yuuri Ueda, MD, Director of Health 2.0 in Japan, shared that allowing medical records to be accessed anywhere has helped them get patients out of chronic and acute care centers and back into their homes. That’s no small feat with the rise in their aging population.
Another benefit of this transition is that it allows providers to learn information about their patient’s environment that could contribute to their medical condition. For example, home healthcare would allow a physician to learn about a patient’s living situation, dietary selections and lifestyle activities, helping them shape their medical care recommendations to best meet the patient’s needs.
Tying into connected healthcare, moving sensitive healthcare information into the cloud increases the focus on security efforts to protect this data. This isn’t just isolated to IT, it’s a multi-stakeholder consideration that also includes the clinical side of the business as well as vendors. When you consider medical device security issues, for instance, resolutions become both a technical and clinical care decision. (Turning off a device to resolve a bug is often not an option.)
Axel Wirth, Healthcare Architect with Symantec, suggests to keep security in mind as you look at future business needs. “Make sure what you’re buying tomorrow is more secure than what you have today,” he wisely advised.