What Artificial Intelligence can do for Healthcare?
Line Østergaard
Author: Line Østergaard
On April 11, 2019

You probably heard about Artificial Intelligence (AI), right? But what is AI doing for the Health Market nowadays?

You know that when a patient looks for a doctor due to a prior condition, the doctor makes a diagnosis based on clinical and social variables. AI helps to consolidate all data and information about the patient, suggesting solutions for the presented problem. Technology won’t replace humans, the human factor will always be crucial but we have to take into consideration AI benefits as health professionals’ allied. From a consistent database and information, AI can present protocols that have already been successfully applied to some patients to be adopted in other patients who have similar social and clinical characteristics, for example. Its role is fundamental in the process of improving the health and well-being of patients.

This topic isn’t about the future, it’s a reality going on in Brazil. Brazilian companies from technology centers, like Porto Digital from Pernambuco, apply AI in solutions for typical health issues in the country, like leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis and tuberculosis, which besides being more assertive, are cheaper than traditional ones, increasing the number of people who can benefit from it.

And what about a lab in a doctor’s hand? Hilab made it possible and the benefits are clear: treatments that can be initiated immediately, serious situations that can be avoided in addition to less pain, waiting and distress for patients. Hilab also uses AI for analysis. In the future, it will allow specialists to send more reports per minute and identify atypical or critical results. It will also aid in the screening and identification of diseases.

We all know that it’s impractical for a hospital to put one nurse for each patient, that way, Hospital Nove de Julho has a smart camera system that uses AI to decrease the risk of falling patients in the rooms. Based on a computer vision, the tool monitors patients through a camera that understands “risk” situations, such as lowered bed rails, empty beds, among others. When a risk movement is recognized, the system sends an alert to the nursing staff so that the professional goes to the room to check the situation and even avoid a fall.

Clearly,  AI still needs to be better understood since the data will help a lot of professionals. But together, the benefits reflect in reducing resources, stages, and costs by giving more assertive diagnoses, less workload to the professional with a greater appreciation of their experience, updating of medical practices strengthened by data.

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