6/12/2019 | BlogPost

How artificial intelligence is empowering healthcare

Roberto Ascione | CEO Healthware Group and President Healthware Ventures


It is hard to think of any area of our lives that might not one day be affected by artificial intelligence, and an exponential rise in recent years has already seen it become increasingly embedded in healthcare.

After an early focus on supercharging the way in which new drugs can be discovered, AI is now empowering healthcare improvements in diagnosis and patient care.

Across these themes we see many exciting technological advances that are changing our conception of how healthcare is delivered as the capabilities of smartphones and sensors continue to increase and improve.

AI, diagnosis and patient care

By putting a compact, portable computer in our hands, smartphones have already enabled huge changes in our lives over the last decade or so. Now, as artificial intelligence comes of age, smartphones and other mobile devices are becoming cleverer still.

They do this by adding a whole new level of information access to patients and healthcare professionals (HCPs), one that contextualises data and can draw conclusions from it.

Take the example of Your.MD. It’s a free service that uses AI to help patients check their symptoms and find safe health information, and over three million of them are doing so.

The digital health company’s technology provides personalised health information via a chatbot and mobile app that is part of a plan to build personalised health hubs and make them available to patients around the world.

Another AI app that allows patients to check their symptoms is Ada, whose users can input details of symptoms and be directed to appropriate medical care. To date it has completed around 15 million health assessments for a userbase of approximately 8 million.

Billed as a ‘health companion’, Ada compares a user’s symptoms with those of thousands of other cases to help uncover the reasons for them and then offers guidance on what to do next.

A more specialised approach is taken by SkinVision, which targets the early detection of skin cancer. Its AI-enabled app is used by 1.2 million people globally and has increased productivity and efficiency in skin cancer pathways by reducing unnecessary visits to healthcare professional visits.

Meanwhile, empowering both doctors and patients is Symptoma, with more than 1.5 million using the online service each month.

The European Commission-backed digital health assistant aims to increase diagnostic accuracy, saying 1.5 million lives could be saved globally and global healthcare budgets reduced by 30% if the problem of misdiagnosis can be solved.

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Roberto Ascione

Roberto is a pioneer in digital health and a recognized thought leader, people-inspiring founder, serial entrepreneur and global manager. With more than 20 years of experience he has been focusing on marketing and communications, business transformation and innovation in health and wellness.

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