HEALTHY LIVING: How AI is revolutionising our healthcare of the future

As a new mum over 40, I take my health more seriously than I’ve ever done in my life. I try not to dwell on the negatives of being a more mature mum. Instead I have a more positive outlook about the future and a lot of how I feel is due to the recent breakthrough in AI technology.

With research progressing fast into disease, diabetes and other debilitating illnesses, the future holds more than just inspiring ideas for me. The adoption of artificial intelligence is on the rise and the current climate of AI in healthcare is hopeful.

Technology is advancing rapidly and a recent article on the BBC’s website sums up the ways the implementation of AI can impact our healthcare for the better. The article reveals that artificial intelligence is more accurate than doctors in diagnosing breast cancer from mammograms.

This makes for refreshing reading for older mums like me. At the moment, if I don’t feel 100 percent, I might see my GP, or get a hospital appointment to have scans and tests and have those results analysed. Only then do I receive treatment which can take a long time.

As artificial intelligence solutions inch ever closer to replicating the basics of authentic human thought patterns however, I wonder what the next steps for AI in our healthcare system will be ?

AI solutions can better collect and extrapolate information, in turn helping healthcare providers create a more personalised record of someone’s health. By providing patients with smart technology, they can monitor themselves with devices that will measure their heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, weight or activity levels.

This could slash the amount of admin work which I know frustrates GPs’ efforts to engage with patients. Instead of wading through a pile of paperwork, AI-driven assistants might deliver essential data to help doctors and nurses do what they do best: connect with patients.

Personalisation, adaptive learning, video content, gamification and immersion technology from manufacturers such as IVS are all changing the way our healthcare experts work. I read in The Guardian the other day that data can now be streamed from a smartphone app and processed through algorithms to show how someone’s health is evolving. This would create a 24-7 connection between a patient and their healthcare provider.

I also read in The Telegraph recently about how a GP might use their tablet ultrasound to make a movie of a patient’s beating heart. When irregularities are noted, the GP could then share this immediately with a cardiologist to diagnose the patient and set up a care plan there and then.

The implementation of AI has the potential to enhance relationships between healthcare experts and their patients to make the experience more of a meaningful wellness journey.

For new mums like me who struggle to find time to visit their GP, not needing to be in the same place or at the same time as a healthcare professional is worth its weight in gold.

Maintaining wellbeing rather than reacting to things when it might be too late certainly makes sense and ‘connected care’ with constant monitoring could even enable the early diagnosis of health issues before they become serious ones. This will no doubt become normal practice within the next decade, so bring on the future because change is coming whether we like it or not!

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