Machine learning and big data in the healthcare field have tremendous potential. Not only are these new technologies improving diagnosis and treatment options, they also have the potential to empower individuals to take control of their own health.
Some of the most exciting advances in healthcare today are coming about with the help of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and advanced analytics. Advances in diagnostics, predictive healthcare, personalized medicine and AI interfaces to help patients access healthcare all come down to the application of machine learning.
One team of doctors used advanced machine learning to analyze search queries online and discovered that they could identify people with pancreatic cancer—even before they received a diagnosis. The study focused on search queries that indicated someone had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and then worked backwards to see if earlier queries could predict the diagnosis.
While the study did not result in a practical application yet, there is the possibility that, in the future, systems could be set up to warn a user to go get tested if search queries suggest a particular disease—especially one in which early detection is vital, like pancreatic cancer.
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A Brazilian hospital, Estadual Getúlio Vargas, has only 22 ICU beds for a nearly unending stream of the city’s poorest of the poor. The hospital is using analytics’ insights to shorten the length of stays for ICU patients to just over three days, and reduce mortality rates for them by 21 percent. This means that the hospital can free up beds more quickly and serve nearly two more patients per ICU bed each month, improving efficiency and outcomes. Another hospital in São João is using a program called HVITAL, combining advanced analytics and machine learning to predict (and potentially prevent) up to 30 percent of ICU admissions, as much as seven days in advance.
One problem doctors face, especially with cancer patients looking at long-treatment protocols, is keeping patients motivated and proactive during recovery. A new app called RehApp Coach has recently been developed to help solve that problem. The bot offers a conversational approach through machine learning and AI to engage patients during their rehab and, hopefully, keep them more motivated to continue treatment.
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