This year and beyond, we expect to see even more emphasis on AI solutions, remote care, and at-home tests in the healthcare sector. From today’s post, you’re going to learn more about the hottest tech innovations that can help transform the healthcare sector and revolutionize traditional healthcare service provision.
What can be more futurist than having a conversation with an AI? AI can tell a lot about a patient’s mental health and even determine whether or not a person has Covid-19 symptoms. Today, speech-to-text startups are blooming as they allow diagnosing a multitude of diseases at an early stage.
Numerous companies that specialize in custom medical software development are creating versatile solutions leveraging machine learning to detect vocal biomarkers. Vocal biomarkers, in their turn, can red-flag certain conditions and alert healthcare providers to them. By the characteristics of your voice, including voice pitch, phonation, articulation, semantic abilities, and others, algorithms of biomarkers can accurately deduct important medical signs from your voice and help recognize neurodegenerative disorders, pathogenic processes, and cognitive impairments in patients.
Thus, AI-enabled voice-based medical solutions can be a faster, more accurate, and cost-effective alternative to good old check-ups.
Since we’re talking about AI in diagnostics, let’s take a look at one example of how healthcare tech can help physicians quickly detect diseases, automate diagnostics, and prioritize urgent cases.
As you may know, skin cancer is one of the most common cancer types worldwide. Statistically, one in five people expect to receive a skin cancer diagnosis during their lifetime. Early detection and timely treatment are invaluable since almost all skin cancers is curable if found and treated early.
But skin checks are usually at the bottom of most patients’ lists when it comes to health check-ups. It’s not a secret that the notorious pandemic disrupted people’s lives and thus fewer people have general health checks. One scary fact dermatologists saw is that more than 20% of melanomas may be unnoticed in the two years following the outbreak.
Of course, telemedicine for primary care could help address the problem if there are enough professionals that could provide medical help online. No wonder skin-check apps are in a hype cycle now. Especially as more startups are launching in this field. With these apps, patients don’t even need a special medical device to identify their skin conditions. They can easily check skin lesions using their smartphone and app-like skin vision. Recent studies confirm that AI is as good or even superior to human experts in terms of image diagnosis. And AI can do the same for a wide variety of medical fields, including radiology imaging, biopsy, etc.
Note that in and of itself AI will not replace physicians. But physicians using AI may replace those that don’t, which will help take medical diagnostics to the next level.
Over the past years, text or voice interfaces using smart algorithms have become popular. Now they can be effectively used in healthcare. Chatbots can become perfect assistants to substantially ease the burden on medical professionals by repeating routine tasks. Thus, chatbots can go a long way toward helping physicians carry out interactions with patients. From asking standard questions, and providing solutions to collecting essential patient data, sending reminders, scheduling appointments, and much more.
Modern healthcare techs make it possible to personalize chatbots. This allows them to cater to patients’ individual needs. Modern chatbots are also harnessing the potential of speech recognition and natural language processing (NLP) tools. These can spot the slightest changes in patients’ voices and even gestures. In turn, this helps identify possible health problems and alert specialists to this or that condition. Therefore, doctors can better act on the information as they receive it. Better organization of patient pathways, medication management, and faster response to emergency situations are some areas where chatbots can dramatically improve health care service provision.