Artificial Intelligence may seem frightening, but the truth is that it has the potential to significantly improve our lives. The Healthcare industry has been heavily involving AI in new processes and programs, and the results are exciting.
An algorithm that can detect skin cancer
AI has been known to be able to detect deadly diseases early, enhancing the probability of prevention. Researchers at Stanford University are working on an app that can tell you when something’s wrong with your body, prior to you noticing it yourself. A group of scientists developed an algorithm in 2017 that can detect skin cancer. With that research as a base, the Stanford researchers believe that they can create an app that would detect skin cancer with a simple picture. This innovation is something they’re currently working on, and has the potential to save thousands of lives.
A system that identifies heart attacks by listening
The AI system, Corti, is able to identify that a patient is having a heart attack during an emergency call. If an individual calls, Corti can detect gasping and rattling sounds and reports that to the dispatcher. Even if the patient is not the caller, Corti can hear the patient in the background and will report that they’re having a heart attack.
No more traditional blood tests
A software platform named KardiaK is able to detect hyperkalemia without conducting invasive blood tests. Hyperkalemia occurs when a patient's blood potassium levels are too high, which can cause life threatening cardiac arrhythmias and death. In order to form a solid diagnosis, physicians typically have to draw blood. With KardiaK, the patient can verify this condition at home. The software analyzes electrocardiograms with an AliveCor wearable device and is able to form a diagnosis.