The key problem that healthcare systems are facing on almost all levels can be phrased as “too much information, too little time”. AI is the right approach for addressing this problem. AI systems can help medical doctors to efficiently process huge amounts of information coming from medical data streams (medical history, X-ray and other images, lab results, pathology reports, genomics and other omics data) combined with patients’ health data (subjective reports, caretaker reports, health diaries, auxiliary devices and apps) and up-to-date medical guidelines and research reports in order to propose the most accurate diagnoses and the most efficient and personalised treatment plans.
AI can be utilized in several levels of automation in the healthcare system (courtesy of Thomas Riisgaard Hansen and his PhD thesis, http://www.daimi.au.dk/~thomasr/dissertation/) :
AI will thus help make quicker diagnoses and more accurate prognoses, create better treatment plans, speed up development of new drugs, enable new approaches to insurance, assist doctors with routine, repetitive and administrative tasks, and streamline patients’ entry to the healthcare system. There is an enormous potential in its ability to draw inferences and recognize patterns in large volumes of patient histories, medical images, epidemiological statistics, and other data. AI combined with healthcare digitization can allow providers to monitor or diagnose patients remotely as well as transform the way we treat the chronic diseases that account for a large share of health-care budgets.
Moreover, the healthtech domain can be expanded also by various kinds of personal assistants, coaches and other AI-driven agents improving human fitness, quality of life and wellbeing, which do not have a direct involvement in the healthcare process but can dramatically increase population’s health span.
Josef Holy has been building digital products since the last century. He went through several startups and corporations, including one big pharma. He is mostly focusing on the UX of AI and AI alignment.
Filip has over 20 years of experience in the fields of psychotic and mood disorders. He is currently the head of a research department at the National Institute of Mental Health in Prague.