AI on the rise in healthcare

Recently, researchers from Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania analysed 1.77 million ECG results and other records from almost 400,000 patients by utilising artificial intelligence (AI) to help identify the mortality rate of the patients within the space of a year. The studies were among the first use of AI to predict future events from ECGs. These can detect current health problems and the effect they may have in the future.

Similar to the deep learning model from Geisinger Health System, This AI system will only be implemented more frequently throughout healthcare in the future. A study was recently undertaken by YouGov, a British international Internet-based market research and analytics firm, to analyse the growth of AI within UK healthcare. The study utilised the input of around 1,000 business leaders and 4,000 employers and found that 46% of healthcare leaders reported their organisation used AI healthcare technology to some degree, which showed an 8% increase compared to 2018. 

Given the results of this study, the continued uptake of AI in UK healthcare is positive. The technology gives more control to consumers in terms of health and wellbeing while allowing healthcare professionals to have a better understanding of the day-to-day patterns and needs of their patients. 

AI similar to this deep learning model from Geisinger Health System will only be implemented more frequently throughout healthcare in the future.    

How the NHS implements AI throughout its infrastructure will be vital if it is to reach its full potential. A £250 million AI lab was announced back in August, aiming to improve diagnostics and screening in the NHS, which would be used to develop treatments for cancer, dementia and heart disease. 

Recently, a report by NHSX stated that twenty developers are confident their artificial intelligence technology will be ready to implement in the NHS within a year. However, a human-centred approach to innovation in AI is needed if these implementations are to be successful. Asheem Singh, director of the Royal Society of Arts, a London based organisation committed to finding practical solutions to social challenges, recently stated; ‘’we need to ensure that the voice of patients and clinicians are at the heart of technological change, new technologies must not be introduced solely as a means to cut costs or garner headlines.’’ 

To attend CPD seminars from some of the world’s leading AI experts, and see first-hand some of the latest artificial intelligence innovations helping to greatly improve the lives of patients around the world, make sure to attend the AI and Machine Learning Convention, part of Mediweek 2020. This brand-new convention will be co-located with the Medical Imaging and Oncology Conventions, promising to be an unmissable event for anyone interested in the future of healthcare. 

The event will deliver over 50 CPD accredited seminars, hosted by 50 expert speakers. Baroness Blackwood from the Department of Health and Social Care will be giving an in-depth speech on the government's approach to AI and ML in health. Furthermore, 50 innovative exhibitors including the likes of iCAD Inc, Terarecon and Behold Ai will be at the convention, all showcasing the latest technologies in healthcare to improve patient outcomes. 

Tickets for the AI & ML convention are totally free, sign up now