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The 5 Most Amazing AI Advances in Health Care Posted on May 15 - 2018

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Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing our world in many unimaginable ways. At the verge of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, humanity is currently witnessing the first steps made by machines in reinventing the world we live in. And while we keep debating about the potential drawbacks and benefits of substituting humans with intelligent, self-learning machines, there's one area where AI's positive impact will definitely improve the quality of our lives: the health care industry.

Medical Imaging

Machine learning algorithms can process unimaginable amounts of info in the blink of an eye. And they can be much more precise than humans in spotting even the smallest detail in medical imaging reports such as mammograms and CT scans.

The company Zebra Medical Vision developed a new platform called Profound, with algorithm-based analysis of all types of medical imaging reports that is able to find every sign of potential conditions such as osteoporosis, breast cancer, aortic aneurysms and many more with a 90 percent accuracy rate. And its deep learning capabilities have been trained to check for hidden symptoms of other diseases that the health care provider may not have been looking for in the first place. Other deep learning networks even earned a 100 percent accuracy score when detecting the presence of some especially lethal forms of breast cancer in biopsy slides.

Computer-based analysis is so much more efficient at (and less costly than) interpreting data or images than humans, that some have even argued that in the future it could become unethical not to substitute AI in some professions such as radiologists and pathologists! (For more on IT in medicine, see The Role of IT in Medical Diagnosis.)

Electronic Medical Records (EMRs)

The impact of electronic medical records (EMRs) on health information technology is one of the most controversial topics of debate of the last decade. According to some studies they represent a turning point in improving quality of care while increasing productivity and timeliness as well. However, many health care providers found them cumbersome and difficult to use, leading to substantial technology resistance and widespread inefficiency. Could the newer AI-driven software come to the rescue of the many doctors, nurses and pharmacists fumbling every day with the unwieldy clunkiness of EMRs? View More

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