Is this the future of health? | The Economist

Is this the future of health? | The Economist



the quest for artificial intelligence began more than 80 years ago the idea was that computer technology would one day be powerful enough to carry out tasks better and more efficiently than humans we've got to actually say hello to today AI has come of age it's already having an impact on many parts of human life from self-driving cars to finding soul mates but perhaps its greatest impact will be on medicine and the way we monitor human health dr. Eric Topol is one of the most influential doctors in digital medicine the pioneering American cardiologist has helped develop drugs that have saved countless lives he's now at the forefront of the AI revolution in health care these are his prescriptions for transforming the future of human health the overarching goal is to bring that humanity if we do this right we can rescue the problems of healthcare the doctor-patient relationship is a founding principle of health care and medicine the first step is to eliminate keyboards and computer screens and clinical encounters some doctors in the West can spend up to twice as many hours on medical paperwork than with their patients in the years ahead we should be able to eliminate the data clerk functions of clinicians these are mutually hated as much by patients as by doctors and clinicians AI tools such as speech recognition technology but in our common place in homes could be used in clinical settings for capturing data and notes allowing doctors to concentrate on people we have a problem with accuracy and efficiency trained on a huge resource of medical data the power of AI learning can read some images more accurately than humans whether it's a pattern like a scan or a slide or prediction AI can really rev up the accuracy and that is important for a better diagnosis better treatments better outcomes lower-cost powerful machines can interpret scans 150 times faster than radiologists and can work 24 hours a day AI can even suggest a diagnosis many conditions could be AI diagnosed and so the time that a doctor comes into play is very specific to important diagnosis data is critical for improving our understanding of disease and illness the more we understand the better the chances of preventing diagnosing and curing but currently only about 5% of medical data is used effectively we had a problem with generating so much data terabytes of data for each person but we didn't have a way to analyze we didn't have a way to extract the juice the distillate of this now we do and that's what artificial intelligence is really about harness to wireless devices AI could oversee every facet of people's health data from family history to food intake to exercise people will have the opportunity to have this real integrated view of themselves to help prevent illness to help guide them for better management of conditions over time we'll see this virtual coach for promoting health constant ai monitoring could transform the most prolific diseases that demand the most care such as diabetes this would empower people to take charge of their own health another way that AI will kick in over time he said get rid of hospital rooms we can monitor patients in the comfort of their own home because they can have the sensors that would provide the same type of monitoring as if someone was in the intensive care unit caring for people outside of medical settings would not only prevent hospital-acquired disease it could also save money all these things favor this shift of reliance on a patient's bedroom rather than the hospital room we're talking about a whole lot of people that don't need to be employed in the hospital setting that is a great way to reduce the burden in the future in the United States hospital costs five thousand dollars a night so you could get a lot of data plans that go four years for that cost if the clinical community stands up for patients and say all the power efficiency productivity workflow from AI is going to be used to give the gift of time to doctors and nurses and patients that's where we flip this thing and achieve a rescue mission for healthy you

29 thoughts on “Is this the future of health? | The Economist”

  1. western medicine make people sick like never bifore in medicine big farma poison people doktor just doit folow big farma slave of them

  2. The greedy pharmaceuticals will either assimilate or do whatever to suppress this…people rarely care about patients and diseases …ts all about earnings and profits to shareholders

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    The future of human health is to make eating good quality nutritious food, a lot of exercise and good sleep the minimum standard for all people. Plato said it over 2000 years ago, that in a utopia, the school curriculum in the first 10 years of life would be mostly physical so that most would be healthy to make medicine unnecessary. We are so advanced in technology, but lacking in common sense.

  4. Where is the plan of depopulation ? Canada has a whacked health care system that kills people more than treating them. My dad was killed by Sunnybrook hospital doctors and nurses. They are a bunch of crooks who only care for money, run by the same people who run the White House.
    They control pharmaceutical companies, hospitals.

  5. I think you shouldn’t put all your faith into Machines and people can stop being lazy, by 2037 it would be all Machines and we would basically be applying for engineering..Humans can do lots of stuff. We should NOT replace Machines with ourselves and humanity!

  6. It is frightening the fact that humanity is following paths that are completely unknown where they are leading to.I am most sure that the thrilling desire to make more and more money is leading humanity to Destruction and very soon.Technology is going to throw humanity down the cliff.What I am saying might seem paradoxical but unfortunately it is as true as one plus one is two.

  7. This video gives me hope:

    One of my aunties is currently living in ICU for days now, every day the expense generated is draining her family. If no further positive turn-out in the next few days, her family will have to seek for a loan to cover it.

    I feel sad and helpless for I myself is in an extremely poor financial state struggling to pay my mortgage and other bills. All I can do is to pray that her conditions get better as soon as possible and offer all the comforting I can muster to her family.

    Godspeed.

  8. Thank you. Thank you I appreciate it now before the tecos get evicted cover me cuz Im gonna fucked them up and the grand finale their eldest son the man of.the house bang bang

  9. Hee hee hee, being elite is fun can we have some more fun… look Alfonso de Angoitia was named under the Panama paper what we can do is file a lawsuit, saying he defraud us most of that money was supposed to go to one of your trusts but he file for bankruptcy wich is not true and got away with that money it was to deposit in yer trust feel me? And then boom we can throw him in prison and have black rock repo their Casino biz, and their properties and high value stocks whatever and this can also apply to the other televisa idiots and TV azteca yep yep Im wicked hee hee you can repay with ruining more peoples lives like the idiots from tribune, my neighbors, Mb mcdade and the idiots from Imss that held back my cash please GIVE THE 358 FUCK HEADS A BIG BIG NARCO STYLE BEATIN before they get evicted and send that photage to the KTLA bitches hee hee hee can I have an apartement in the city??😊😊

  10. Yo J no balls and MB and the KtLa5 owners were also involved in that pedophile and immigrant smuggling rin aight 😄😄😄 you rule

  11. So things like this don't yet address how it is good to replace jobs for the same health care, albeit a marginal increase in health care provision, if you are reading this which would you choose better health or a good job? I dont like the way a.i and new tech is routinely touted today because it never addresses the new concerns people face with loss of employment, this creates an unease amongst corporate executives who for some reason because they went to Harvard and Yale possess all the world's knowledge despite being often responsible for catastrophies we believe are better thinkers than ourselves even though evidence shows these are destroying the planet ……….tech van help but we must put a human face to it, not replace humans with it. We can embrace it not make ourselves feel worthless after our own creations

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