It’s happening in all the industries from warehouses to distributions centers and even in hospitals around the world: the rise of artificial intelligence. In the news, we see advancements in robots, telemedicine, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and more in the healthcare field. All of these technological advancements are thanks to artificial intelligence in some way, shape or form!

How has this affected the healthcare system and what new advancements have been made?

What is Artificial Intelligence (AI)

AI gives computers and other technology the ability to “deep learn” about process and functions. This deep learning is a type of machine learning in AI. The computer can perform human like tasks such as:

  • Recognizing languages

  • Making predictions

  • Sorting files, paperwork

  • Searching the database

  • Perform security measures

This type of machine learning has transformed into what we now know to be AI. These two concepts are often confused because in the beginning stages of development, computer learning isn’t AI.

AI is helping the healthcare industry with fast, efficient and personalized information. Everything from wearable technology to track your heart rate to virtual reality is helping transform the healthcare industry.

One of the main reasons for adapting AI in the healthcare industry is to automate paperwork, lab results and more to reduce the amount of time healthcare professionals are spending on these tasks each day. Furthermore, there is also the need to improve the technology in the healthcare field and these advancement can help make medicine more efficient and allow patients to be in charge of their health and healthcare.

These are the top advancements being made with AI in the healthcare field right now!

The advancements that have been made

  1. Detect skin cancer: A study published in Annals of Oncology stated that AI was able to detect cancer in a patient’s skin. The AI was trained to detect skin cancer with images that corresponded with diagnoses. The human doctor got 87 percent of diagnosis correct while the AI achieved a 95 percent when it came to diagnosis detection.

  2. Therapeutic robots:  More and more hospitals are bringing in therapy pets to help the pediatric wings to lift spirits. Studies show that cuddling and caring for a pet can have positive effects on us while we’re healing. A robot therapy animal could bring the same benefits without dander, debris and other common allergies into the room.

  3. Robotic Surgery: Unitypoint Health in Iowa is one of the first to use robotic surgery methods. This helps surgeons with invasive surgery by making smaller incisions and allows the surgeon to manipulate the robot to perform surgical procedures they’re unable to perform. This helps patients leave the hospital faster with fewer stitches, less pain and less blood lost. The robot is currently being used in the following surgeries: hysterectomy, prostatectomy and nissen fundoplications.

  4. Virtual Reality:   VR is changing patients healing practices, pain management, surgeries for med students and more! A patient can relax and relieve chronic pain while watching real life simulations on their VR headset. It can help relax patients before a surgery or procedure to help keep them calm. Furthermore, VR is shown to help patients heal faster including recovery after a stroke. For medical students, it gives them real life experience without practicing on a human! VR is more than video games, it’s changing and developing new practices for patients and healthcare professional alike.

These are only a couple of the advancements that have been made in medicine since the changing landscape of AI. We could write hundreds of blogs on the advancements of AI in the healthcare field. The world of medicine is changing for the better for healthcare professionals and patients.

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