How Artificial Intelligence is Helping Fight COVID-19

The world is currently experiencing one of its largest pandemics with at least 248 million Americans in at least 29 states advised to stay at home. But modern technology such as artificial intelligence has become a promising tool in the fight against COVID-19. As humans do their own part to protect each other and “flatten the curve,” AI offers a few benefits itself that may help decrease the severity of the coronavirus. Let’s examine. (more…)

Using Artificial Intelligence to Help with Mental Health

The world is facing a mental health epidemic. One in five adults suffers from some form of mental illness in the United States, yet more than 50% of these illnesses are left untreated. Mental health does not discriminate against age, race, gender or economic status, and unfortunately, treatment and research still have a long way to go before the number of diagnosed individuals decreases.

However, one optimistic element to this crisis is the existence of new technology that we did not have even a decade or two ago – one of which is Artificial Intelligence (AI). Advanced technology plays a major role in positively shaping the healthcare industry, and now digital solutions such as artificial intelligence are making their way into the psychiatry department to reduce the decline in mental wellness across the globe. But how does the use of predictive analytics tools such as artificial intelligence really help in solving the mental health crisis? Let’s examine. (more…)

5 Technologies That Will Shape Healthcare in 2020

Technology is ever-changing, and with every new decade it accelerates at a pace that is often difficult for us humans to keep up with. We now live in a world in which we rely heavily on technology on a daily basis, regardless of which field we belong to. However, few industries have been changed by technology as much, or as positively, as healthcare.

Although the healthcare industry has often lagged behind others when it comes to deploying advanced technology, new discoveries and improvements are always being made. The technology that we know today has opened countless doors and opportunities to improve our lives, and it’s almost impossible to imagine life without it now. With the current decade coming to an end, the further advancement of technology is heading our way. Here are five technologies that you should expect to see shape the future of healthcare in 2020. (more…)

Image Recognition: the New Frontier of Targeted Ads

In the 21st century, ads are getting smarter. The classic approach—trying to get an ad seen by as many people as possible—is no longer the most efficient or effective way to go. There are simply too many messages competing for everyone’s attention.

That’s why so many advertisers have turned their focus towards targeted advertising. By doing some research on potential consumers, businesses can direct their ads solely towards those who are likely to be interested in them. Having access to more customer data by using new methods like image recognition can boost your brand’s marketing and give you a crucial edge over your competition. (more…)

How Artificial Intelligence Is Being Used in Higher Education

Artificial Intelligence Higher Education

Colleges and universities are using data in ever-growing ways. They analyze data in order to figure out which programs are doing well or whether new programs need to be added. They then examine the data to identify past patterns that might help predict what will happen next. And the data is increasingly being put to work in the field of artificial intelligence.

The use of artificial intelligence in U.S. education is predicted to grow by almost 50% over the next few years. Its uses range from the immediate and practical to the aspirational. Let’s take a look at how schools are using data in the field of AI, both directly with students and for administrative purposes on the back end, as well as the challenges the technology can present.

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Dimensional Insight Book Club: Deep Medicine

They say you can’t replace the human touch, but many believe artificial intelligence (AI) is learning just how.

In Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again, Eric Topol examines AI’s role in healthcare and how we may be welcoming a new group of colleagues sooner than we think. Let’s take a look at “Deep Medicine” in today’s Dimensional Insight book club review. (more…)

Hot Topic: Using Alexa in Healthcare

Alexa in healthcareOver the last several years, Amazon has been wading out of the e-commerce realm and into other areas, including groceries, web services, and healthcare. Most recently, the company announced that its Alexa artificial-intelligence assistant is HIPAA-compliant.

What does this announcement mean for healthcare consumers? Are we ready for Alexa in healthcare? How will Amazon ensure patient privacy? Let’s examine this issue in this week’s “Hot Topic” blog.

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Empathy in Healthcare: Is There Room for It in the Technological Era?

Empathy in healthcareThere is little dispute that medical practitioners are among the most highly educated members of our society. However, much of their extensive education is focused on diagnosing illness, often with the aid of high-tech diagnostic tools. While the increase in technology comes with enormous benefits, many are also concerned that the concentration on technical results can cause medical staff to miss important cues and can lead to a lack of empathy in healthcare.

Medical schools certainly encourage their students to develop a good bedside manner, but there is little formality in place. While it is difficult to teach, having empathy can make the difference between being a good practitioner and a mediocre one. Are we ready to give up on empathy in healthcare in the technological era? Or is there still room for it alongside our EHRs and AI-powered applications? (more…)

How Hospitals Can Improve the Way Providers Interact with Technology

Computerization in healthcareMore than 90% of American hospitals have been computerized over the past decade. The goal has been to simplify physician tasks and free up time for patient care.  That said, physicians spend approximately two hours doing computer work for every hour spent face-to-face with a patient.

If this is the case, would it be a stretch to say that the wave of computerization has made life more difficult for physicians rather than easier? And if that is the case, what can be done to maximize the benefits of technology in healthcare without making life harder for staff and potentially sacrificing the quality of patient care? (more…)

Healthcare Innovation in 2019: Keeping the Consumer Top of Mind

Healthcare Innovation in 2019: Keeping the Consumer Top of MindWe all know the healthcare industry has been slower than other industries when it comes to innovation. Whether it’s because of razor-thin (or negative) margins, government regulations, the complexity of the system, or just a general hesitancy to innovate when lives are on the line, healthcare has lagged behind in implementing new technology.

This topic was front at center at the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Congress, held in Chicago, March 4-7. The event, attended by senior healthcare leaders, focused on new technologies, how leaders should think about innovation, and how health systems need to focus on the consumer (not the patient). Here’s a look. (more…)