It is quite astounding to fathom that AI is on the fast track to the level of being able to make a medical diagnosis. How exactly is this possible? The underlying theory lies in the concept called ‘deep learning’ which essentially refers to a revolutionary process of data categorisation and analysis, to produce practical results. Today, we already see examples of AI in our daily gadgets, that can replicate or understand key human skills such as hearing, speech, touch and script. Such close proximity and interaction between computers and humans is what allows for deep learning and its application in the form of AI. When it comes to medical diagnosis, there are a few ways in which we can expect AI to dominate, as outlined below.
With specialised equipment:
This category can be referenced to Point of Care or POC data, where all your medical information is available to you, immediately. You can now have your reports available, soon after your consultation. This is because as you speak with your doctor, he/she enters all the raw data into the system which is processed in real time to churn out results. This adds positively to the user experience, in a large way. An example of the same is automated eye testing machines that detect irregularities in sight or health.
Non specialised equipment:
This is definitely the most advanced form of technology. There are certain software that are being cultivated in America that allows you to remotely diagnose major diseases such as skin cancer! Imagine being able to click a picture of your mole or blemish and upload it on your smartphone, to get an instant verdict. Well, that’s the power of AI in medical diagnosis!
Easy-go & portable devices:
This type of integration is almost a clean middle between the two categories explained above and are being referred to as ‘medical wearables’. For the sake of simplicity, you can compare the devices to a pedometer, for example. An easy-to-use & convenient-to-wear device that monitors what is required. Using medical wearables, you can record heart rhythm and so on which is then analysed when connected to your smart phone. Any anomalies from the regular will send alerts to you and your doctor.
Now that we have an idea of how AI is slowly becoming a significant tool for medical diagnosis, let us understand some of its basic benefits:
So, get ready to experience AI as an indispensable tool in your medical diagnosis, in the years to come. Though most of how it is integrated will not be obvious to us, we can be sure to reap the benefits of the same!