Health care is about to get smarter: The artificial intelligence boom

IMAGE: This is Charlotte Casebourne. view more Credit: Rachel Oates Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionising multiple areas of information technology and has exciting potential for applications in biomedicine. It is predicted that the use of AI in healthcare will grow tenfold in the next five years. In a clinical setting AI will be a powerful tool, using patients’ data – including their genetic sequence – to empower clinicians to make informed healthcare decisions based on the latest and most effective treatment options for each patient. Computer-aided diagnosis and treatment is currently being trialled at 16 cancer institutes in partnership with IBM’s Watson Health AI venture. However, not all of the medical applications of AI will be for doctors; the technology has diverse applications for healthcare. For medical research, AI is speeding…


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