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The future is here in its truest sense with all the artificial mechanisms going real. As artificial intelligence continues to surprise us with its remarkable progress it is expected that artificial intelligence applications in healthcare will represent a $34 billion market by the year 2025.

AI provides immense benefits to health experts, caretakers and patients. Not only AI can identify complex patterns but it can also make its own algorithms. With everything AI has to offer it is all geared up to transform the healthcare industry.

Around 86% of companies associated with the healthcare sector are using artificial intelligence technology in their products and services, as suggested by a report released by CB Insights in 2016. According to the report, these organizations will spend more than $54 million on utilising artificial intelligence for the betterment of the health industry.

Let’s find out how AI is already transforming the healthcare sector:

1. Virtual nurses

There have been virtual nurses developed and used to monitor a patient’s condition and keep a track of treatment updates and progress. Molly, a digital nurse by Sensely uses machine learning to help in this regard and has emerged as a phenomenal innovation.

2. Carrying out small tasks

Analysing tests, X-Rays, CT scans and data entry takes up a lot of time of health professionals involved in the treatment process. These tasks can be handed over to robots with specialized AI-based functionality to save time and efforts while humans can focus on the more complex parts of the treatments.

3. AI-assisted Medical Diagnoses

There is a lot to discuss on how artificial intelligence is impacting the progress in the medical diagnoses of complicated diseases. John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England, has developed Ultromics which has proven to be excelling at diagnosing chronic diseases to an extent where even surgeons failed to identify the disease.

Not only this development offers improved accuracy and cost-efficiency, but it also guarantees the diagnostics facility being made available to communities facing a shortage of doctors and surgeons.

4. Automated Workflow Assistance

Keeping and storing a real-time record of reports, test results, drug prescriptions, medical images, and insurance information holds vital importance in the efficiency of health procedures. Not only can AI help in automated scheduling of patient check-ups but it can also assist in managing communications between internal departments and patients.

To sum up, there is a lot of potential in how artificial intelligence can benefit the healthcare sector. There are heavy efforts being made by AI experts around the world on how it can be used to facilitate healthcare stakeholders.

Look at Bon Robotics’ ‘Diana Robot’ which oversees all the routine tasks for the patients with mental and physical disabilities, comes with a built-in AI chat feature, uses face recognition and voice features to interact with the patients and caretakers. This robot will serve as a revolutionary player in making patients’ care easier for the hospitals and individual caretakers.

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Bhoopalan Natarajan Pakkirisamy

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