The health of our health care system depends on it, says Edmonton, Alberta, scientist who is leading the search for an AI-based artificial intelligence (AI) system to treat chronic illnesses.
“The AI industry is looking at things like the healthcare system, they are looking at the drug design, they’re looking at everything.
They’re looking to do things like drug design and formulation, and that’s a very interesting industry to be a part of.”
Edmonton, Canada-based researcher and AI specialist Dr. David Eberhardt says the health of society is the greatest challenge of all.
“The greatest challenge is the cost of caring for those with chronic conditions, especially when we are spending billions of dollars every year on healthcare, but that’s also what we spend on education, that’s what we invest in.
We want to make sure that our health is always being treated,” he says.
Edmonton’s Dr. Eberhart says a solution to the problem of artificial intelligence’s impact on healthcare is within reach.
“There are a number of companies and researchers and institutions around the world, they’ve all started thinking about AI, and the next step in their research is to build an AI system that can really deliver care,” he adds.
The first step will be the development of a health AI system, which will use a combination of data and human judgement.
“It’s important that we start thinking about the long-term implications of AI on our healthcare system because we have the potential to change our health system,” says Eberhard.
The health AI platform will also look at the long term benefits of AI, including:1.
Better communication with doctors and nurses2.
More accurate medical diagnosis3.
A system that is more patient-focused, meaning that patients will have greater control over the care they receive and they will be more responsive to their doctors needs4.
A more patient focused healthcare system.5.
The potential to improve patient outcomes by providing better medical care to patients.
The future of health AI is one of the biggest questions that are being asked by researchers and companies around the globe.
“It’s one of those questions that’s going to be interesting to look at and what we are doing right now,” says Dr. James Bouchard, professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Calgary.
Bouchard says it’s not uncommon to see a company build an artificial intelligence system that will help doctors diagnose and treat chronic illness.
“I think there’s going be a lot of interest in this technology because there are lots of very real, tangible health effects that people have that they can’t see or quantify,” he explains.
Bouton says he thinks the research and development is going to come together quickly.
“In a couple of years, we are going to see this as a part time job for some of the people working in the field.
It’s going the right direction.
It is an area that’s ripe for investment,” he believes.
But Bouchart doesn’t think it’s all about money.
“There are all sorts of other benefits and benefits that I think are important that will trickle down to the healthcare community, not just in the healthcare sector, but across the healthcare ecosystem as well.”