Written by Robin Suprun, Senior Operations Engineer, Health Systems Analysis

The idea of Artificial Intelligence (AI) raises images of science fiction movies from decades past, complete with struggles for world dominance. But AI is no longer fiction.

The idea of Artificial Intelligence (AI) raises images of science fiction movies from decades past, complete with struggles for world dominance. But AI is no longer fiction. In fact, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, states the future of Google is AI -- IBM, Microsoft and Apple have all made similar statements and are matching investments to pursue it.  

What exactly is AI in health care? AI is the ability of a computer to recognize patterns in data and learn to better-solve problems - essentially AI is a computer that gets smarter over time.

Today there are many competing and complementary AI technologies. Each has the potential to dramatically affect our daily lives, including our work in health care.

Google recently launched Deepmind Health, which leverages AI-based software to explore medical records and provide greater quality of access to timely care. IBM has two new AI initiatives: Watson Oncology, which provides a thorough analysis of treatment options tailored to the patient and is powered by Watson’s massive database and algorithms, and Medical Sieve, which soon aims to create an expert cognitive assistant with clinical knowledge and general reasoning abilities.

Other AI companies are also focussing on patient management aspects of health care. Sensely has created a system to help patients manage chronic conditions.This includes handling medications and prescriptions and managing routine clinical appointments. Babylon has created a Chatbot App which cross-references a patient’s symptoms against a database and indicates probable health conditions and next steps for care.

Such technologies are the tip of the iceberg. What much of this software has in common is that large parts of the computer code are written in open-source languages. The two biggest open-source languages for AI development are Python and R. Critical to their popularity is Anaconda - a Python and R distribution platform.

On November 8 and 9, Travis Oliphant, CEO of Anaconda shares his vision for AI in health care. Be sure to save your seat at the Patient Experience Conference to learn more about these exciting innovations in health care. 

Register today to attend the conference.


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