Medical imaging provides a window into the human body, allowing us to see under the skin. But to really understand what's going on inside our bodies, doctors need 3D imagery. And there's no time this would be more helpful than during surgery. Now, ImFusion, a Munich-based startup and NVIDIA Inception program member, is taking medical imaging into the next dimension. It's using AI to turn 2D ultrasound data into 3D images.
Europe healthcare artificial intelligence market witnessed 41.8% growth throughout the analysis period. Adoption of artificial intelligence in research areas and advancement in technology with respect to electronic health records (EHR) and eHealth should drive healthcare artificial intelligence market in Europe. Moreover, European Union undertakes several efforts to stimulate use of healthcare artificial systems to make eHealth stronger. European Union also introduced an innovative technology to develop EHR across Europe named as the European Health Records Organization (EHRO). Global Healthcare Artificial Intelligence Market is expected to surpass USD 13 billion By 2025; according to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc.
There is no shortage of advances in AI these days especially as it relates to Deep Learning. From "Everybody dance now" where an AI-based Transfer Motion can make you appear to dance like a star, to an AI-based News Anchor in China that reads the daily news with impressive facial expressions and voice inflection much like a human. For Healthcare there has been much advances in medical imaging analysis from diagnostic imaging, to diabetic retinopathy, etc. to name a few. This is great news, but I believe more can be done, specifically as it relates to the use of AI in physician and hospital settings. The following are 3 practical ways to think about AI in healthcare.
Digital technology started to have revolutionary effects on hearing aids in 2006. Greg Kuykendall, a managing partner at Kuykendall Hearing Aid Center in Enid, said the rapid development of computer chip technology has had a profound impact on the hearing aid industry. "There have been new improvements every year since 2006," Kuykendall said. "If you remember the old analog hearing aids, they would squeal due to feedback occasionally. In '06, computer chips in hearing aids allowed audiologists to isolate the problem frequency and squelch feedback."
Auris raised $220 million to further commercialize the technology, the company said in November. The California-based company had more than $700 million in funding at the time, including that investment. The founder and chief executive of closely held Auris, Frederic Moll, will join J&J when the deal closes. Dr. Moll is also a co-founder of Intuitive Surgical Inc., the medical-technology firm that makes the da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery system as well as the Ion endoluminal system, designed for lung biopsies. Large medical-device makers have been pushing into the robotics market, partly because the equipment can command high price tags.
The piece describes an A.I. research program whose accuracy matched or slightly surpassed human physicians in diagnosing common childhood diseases like influenza. The software was trained on the medical histories, lab tests and other clinical data in more than 600,000 electronic health records of children in southern China. It was an encouraging demonstration. But the experimental system relied on the easy access to personal data in China, where privacy regulations are less restrictive, and was confined to diagnosing common ailments. That step-by-step approach is the counsel for business in a new book by Thomas Davenport, "The AI Advantage: How to Put the Artificial Intelligence Revolution to Work" (MIT Press).
Another major acquisition was just announced in a big week for the robotics sector. Johnson & Johnson, purveyors of baby powder, pharma, and medical devices, will acquire surgical robotics company Auris Health for $3.4 billion, with another $2 billion in milestone payments. The news comes on the heels earlier this week of FLIR's acquisition of former iRobot spinoff Endeavor Robotic Holdings. The automation sector is maturing rapidly, exiting the "proofing" stage in many areas and attracting big money from legacy companies looking to buy readymade robotics portfolios. As I've written, Auris Health, which was founded in 2007 by Federic Moll, co-founder of the surgical robotics sector-leader Intuitive Surgical, has made an art of keeping its R&D under wraps.
Today we continue the insideBIGDATA Executive Round Up, our annual feature showcasing the insights of thought leaders on the state of the big data industry, and where it is headed. In today's discussion, our panel of experienced big data executives – Ayush Parashar, Co-founder and Vice President of Engineering for Unifi Software, Robert Lee, Vice President & Chief Architect, Pure Storage, Inc., and Oliver Schabenberger, COO & CTO at SAS – take a look at the industries making the best competitive use of AI in 2019. The conversation is moderated by Daniel D. Gutierrez, Managing Editor & Resident Data Scientist of insideBIGDATA. Pick one industry and describe how it will benefit from embracing or extending its embrace of these technologies? Robert Lee: Financials, industrial/manufacturing, transportation and retail are among the industries most poised to effectively compete with AI/ML/DL in the next year.
Devices like Amazon's Alexa (pictured), Microsoft's Cortana and Apple's Siri are becoming crucial health tools Smart speakers are set to be used as'virtual medical coaches' to monitor patients in their own homes, a major report says. Devices like Amazon's Alexa, Microsoft's Cortana and Apple's Siri are becoming crucial health tools, according to an official report on the'digital future' of the NHS. The 100-page document, written by US geneticist Eric Topol, said robots and artificial intelligence will make medical diagnoses more accurate and unburden doctors to give them more time with patients. And it said within 20 years virtual medical coaches, operating through voice recognition speakers in people's homes, would help manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, depression and high blood pressure. These programmes will use artificial intelligence and'deep learning' about someone's illness and normal behaviour to'pre-empt hospitalisation' by spotting when something is wrong.
In the coming year of 2019, there is so much to look forward to globally in health technology at HIMSS19 and continue the conversation beyond. The future of health technology seems to move a little bit faster each year and the number of tools or platforms to monitor can feel a bit pressing from any perspective. However, my focus will be on artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, wearables and augmented reality (AR) as all hold my interest due to their growth potential. They all have practical applications for clinicians and patients, as well as chief information officers who are investing time and research into security. Plus, all have opportunities for implementation in the coming years with the ultimate goal of moving into real word practice and education.