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The patient appeared to be dying. She had chronic lung disease, and she had been told she had little reserve left and had barely survived on home oxygen for the past few years. Each time she picked up a lung infection, the buzzards circled closer. Now she had tripped, fallen, broken a bone, had surgery, and her subsequent infection seemed to have pushed her past the point of no return. Still, I held off the palliative care/comfort care team for as long as I could, and she rallied.

The most important AI projects from Google AndroidPIT


Success at games helps develop more powerful AI that can be used directly in more practical applications in the real world. DeepMind's AI agents also assist in medical research, are involved in diagnosis of diseases and the organization of patient records. With regard to the latter, DeepMind has taken some heat for data protection issues related to patients during its work with the UK's National Health Service. After being criticized for this, the company has emphasized its commitment to ethical and socially beneficial uses of AI, founding the DeepMind Ethics & Society group dedicated to directing the use of AI in a socially responsible manner. DeepMind has also contributed to subtle conveniences on your smartphone.

Natural language processing helps hospital predict downstream demand for imaging services


The authors said an automated method for predicting future imaging resource utilization could help streamline the process, paving the way for capacity management strategies that could help meet the increased but unpredictable demand for radiology services. Using data from all hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) surveillance CT exams performed at their hospital between 2010 and 2017, they used open-source NLP and machine learning software to parse free-text radiology reports into bag-of-words and term frequency-inverse document frequency (TF-IDF) models. In NLP, bag-of-words refers to the frequency with which words occur in a report summary, while TF-IDF considers the number of times a word appears in the summary and measures the uniqueness of specific terms in the context of entire report collections. Brown and Kachura also used three machine learning techniques--logistic regression, support vector machine (SVM) and random forest--to make their predictions. As a whole, the authors found bag-of-words models were somewhat inferior to the TF-IDF approach, with the TF-IDF and SVM combination yielding the most favorable results.

Dr AI will see you now: setting a path for healthcare's artificial intelligence revolution


Is there any sector more ripe for Artificial Intelligence (AI) transformation than healthcare? Over the past decade, we've seen health systems around the world experience significant strain due to increasing population numbers and age. There is a clear need to maximise efficiency, lighten the burden of stretched human resources and harness the medical sector's mountains of data. It comes as no surprise that global spending on healthcare AI is expected to reach anywhere from $644 million to $126 billion by 2025. Of course, the overriding focus should not be what monetary value is brought to the market, but how AI can improve human lives.

The Rise of Artificial Intelligence and Who's Hiring for AI


Artificial Intelligence is slowly taking over our day to day lives – especially when it comes to the workplace and using tech to enhance and fast-track tasks. There are many sectors in which AI can help improve services – specifically national health services, banking and legal services. Not only do some of the biggest names in tech debate over the future of AI and how it continues to make life easier and better for many, but we are now seeing some of the biggest tech companies now recruiting heavily in AI. But, who is recruiting for AI roles the most and is making big steps in looking toward the future? With AI-related jobs more than doubling over the past three years and job postings related to AI increasing by 119 percent, RS Components has analyzed job posts from some of the world's biggest tech companies to discover who has the highest percentage of AI-related job openings.

Consumerism will force healthcare's hand on interoperability, Forrester finds at HIMSS19


Forrester Research has published a report summing up its impressions from the HIMSS19 Global Conference & Exhibition. Experts said they came away from the show convinced that big momentum is building behind interoperability, and it's not coming from the places one might expect. Health systems will need to do better with the management and sharing of more data than ever if they hope to stay competitive in a value-based care landscape where patients have more choice than ever about where they get their care, according to the study. WHY IT MATTERS As interoperability continues to gain steam, it's set to boost the profiles of an array of other key technologies, said Forrester researchers. At HIMSS19, it was clear that tools "supporting data management and interoperability, including cloud and AI, showcased their ability to add value and hit on the quadruple aim: improving the customer experience, driving better outcomes, lowering costs, and supporting the whole care team," they said.

The next frontier of AI in healthcare


A recent OptumIQ annual survey of major healthcare organizations on AI in Healthcare shows an average of $32.4M investment per organization over the next 5 years. In planning an AI strategy, It would help to understand how AI may be added into the current IT mix. AI may be included in an existing application or integrated with applications in a workflow. Or in the lesser-known, process-centric approach, AI may encapsulate the workflow, which arguably would take us to the next frontier. EHR vendors, consistently blamed for interfering with the patient-provider relationship for their applications' subpar UI/UX, strive to innovate by adding AI in their applications.

How machine learning, drones, and robotics will transform the NHS and healthcare


The UK's National Health Service continues to suffer the longest funding squeeze since it was established 71 years ago. That financial pressure has resulted in the service missing targets for how soon cancer patients should be referred for treatment for the past three years and waiting times in Accident and Emergency departments being at record levels. Such is the financial and staffing pressure on the service, that talking about how recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) could be applied to the NHS might seem fanciful. Yet Professor Tony Young, national clinical director for innovation at NHS England, believes healthcare is at an inflection point, where machine-learning technology could fuel huge advances in what's possible. "I think that healthcare is heading for one of those giant-leap moments in the next five to 10 years and AI is going to be a key tool in enabling us to take that giant leap," he said, speaking at an event in London organized by The King's Fund and IBM Watson Health.

Why AI will make healthcare personal


For generations healthcare has been episodic – someone gets sick or breaks a bone, they see a doctor, and then they might not see another one until the next time they get sick or injured. Now, as emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence open up new possibilities for the healthcare industry in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, policymakers and practitioners are developing new ways to deliver continuous healthcare for better outcomes. Consumers already expect access to healthcare providers to be as smart and easy as online banking, retrieving boarding passes and making restaurant reservations, according to Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard J Tyson. Nearly three-quarters of Americans with health insurance (72%), for example, say it's important that their health insurance provider uses modern communication tools, such as instant message and two-way video. Innovative healthcare organizations such as Kaiser Permanente are listening.

Do new technologies take ethics out of healthcare?


As such, even though these technologies bring huge potential and opportunities, they still need to be closely monitored. The University of New South Wales Research Ethics and Compliance Support Director Dr Ted Rohr told HITNA that issues around ethics arise when healthcare access data from medical records for research, for example. "Ethics is all about deciding whether the use of technology is appropriate and is used for public good. For example, AI has its positives, but it can be misused. So, having an ethical framework allows the proper use of medical databases for research and experiments with patients using devices," he said.