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Artificial intelligence transforming medicine

The use of AI in diagnosis

Not only are these anywhere from at least 20% to as much as 40% more accurate in diagnostication than physicians, but because they are also computer generated – and not from actual patients – there are no privacy concerns in sharing these with researchers outside the hospital.

Dr. Shahrokh Valaee was quoted in the book as saying this,

“It’s exciting because we’ve been able to overcome a hurdle in applying artificial intelligence to medicine by showing that these augmented datasets help to improve classification accuracy…Deep learning only works if the volume of training data is large enough and this is one way to ensure we have neural networks that can classify images with high precision.”

Apparently, this is being used to identify diabetic retinopathy, among other difficult conditions to recognize.

Surgical Medical Imaging

How development of medical AI will save fortunes

Health Apps

In future blogs covering that work, I will be touching on how – despite certain alarming trends – health apps are expected to be relieving a lot of emergency services and spending, too.

At this point, it’s very difficult to establish quality control and proper regulation for these apps. But there are some very promising, and already extremely helpful programs where we have seen encouraging results in treating mental illness.

The popular downloads called Woebot and Wysa are perhaps the greatest examples that spring to mind. But there are others, like A4i, which administer a form of game therapy called cognitive adaptation training. This aids ones with various mental illnesses and learning disorders from managing daily organizational tasks (like scheduling their day or filing taxes) to improved social skills (like holding a conversation)…even dating.

Wearable AI for monitoring and early detection

These are all wonderful advances and uses for Artificial Intelligence. There is much AI alarmism that is justified – and I’ve been detailing them quite extensively here on medium.com – but these are, on the whole, very positive developments. I haven’t even mentioned the half of it, either.

Tell me what you think of all these strides in the remarks below. Is AI mostly positive, such as what seems to be the case in medical uses of it? Or, based on some of the other concerns I’ve been journaling about of late, do you think it is Pandora’s box?

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