“The more widespread and advanced AI tools become, the better they will be able to empower humans”

The health sector is ripe for major changes. Artificial intelligence offers several advantages over traditional analytics and clinical decision-making techniques. Dive into the discussion Nishant GuptaVP – Product Development, HealthCube interacted with Kaanchi Chawla of Elets News Network (ENN). Edited excerpts:

What do you think could be the growing potential of AI-based tools for healthcare delivery?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become the ubiquitous solution driving efficiency and capacity growth in all areas, including healthcare. With the ability of AI to analyze data and analyze input on many parameters in real time, this can be a game-changer in diagnostic devices. For example, AI-based image processing tools are being rapidly developed that can identify micro and macro structures, detect cancer, and provide reliable predictions. This technology will see increased adoption in healthcare practices globally.

The growing digital footprint and technological trends have improved healthcare systems, but there is still a need for human labor. Where are the gaps in health data retention?

There is sometimes a fundamental misunderstanding that AI and digital technologies replace human resources. AI is not about the robotic invasion of our world, where humans become superfluous. On the other hand, the more widespread and advanced AI tools become, the more they will be able to empower humans. For example, we are seeing a very strong digital integration in healthcare recently, but the source that powers AI-based healthcare systems is data. AI can accurately record a patient’s vital signs, but only if the sensors are placed precisely on the human body. This is where human intelligence will still be needed.

Similarly, there is no single therapeutic approach. Although AI is an ever-evolving technology, regular improvements help it overcome challenges and limitations. It would only be a facilitator and not a replacement for humans in healthcare.

As technological advancements continue rapidly, healthcare providers are turning to more digital care options to improve their treatment and patient experience. Your thoughts.

Digital care is a positive and empowering transformation that is redefining the reach and efficiency of healthcare. A fantastic example would be the lumbar puncture procedure. Nowadays, robotic arms handle spine surgery due to the precision required. Even a minor jolt of the human hand during the procedure can cause paralysis in patients. However, with robotics it is possible to eliminate even the slightest instance of the error. Robot-assisted surgeries also leave fewer scars and greatly boost the confidence of aspiring surgeons. Therefore, I believe this is the right way forward.

AI-enabled robots can be a big boon in healthcare. How do you think this helps doctors in their daily lives?

Yes, that is absolutely correct. AI-powered robotics can undoubtedly be a major transformation for the healthcare industry. State-of-the-art solutions help physicians/nurses in multiple ways. There are simulation tools to help healthcare professionals properly educate themselves on rapid diagnostic options for the immediate treatment process.

Systems that combine analog and digital components directly and positively benefit patients and physicians. Access to digital data for patient medical histories makes things much more transparent and allows doctors to make faster and more accurate treatment decisions, even in emergency situations. This is where a universal adoption of digital healthcare will benefit all stakeholders.

Where do you see healthcare in five years?

Healthcare is on the verge of shifting from a curative care ecosystem to a preventive care ecosystem. Physicians will consistently use predictive, preventative, personalized, and participatory processes for diagnostic and treatment decisions. Technologies such as AI, nanotechnology, quantum computing and 5G will dramatically change the speed and accuracy of diagnostic systems. We will see a much higher use of point-of-care diagnostic devices to decide treatment processes along the way.

Another important development that is already underway is the universal adoption of IOMT. In five years, we will see connected devices everywhere. Automatic data sharing and state-of-the-art analytics will significantly drive real-time, personalized care with a focus on value creation. MedTech companies will increasingly reinvent themselves as SaaS (Software as a Service) organizations through cloud and IoMT (Internet of Medical Things) integrations and personalized medicine will be the norm.


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