How AI can transform healthcare
Artificial intelligence is driving changes in almost every industry, healthcare included. The cost of healthcare has been rising rapidly for decades on end. Some studies have concluded that healthcare will account for over 20% of the GDP of the US by 2025. At the same time, healthcare professionals are working hard to treat the increasing number of patients with their high patient care expectations. Artificial intelligence could be the solution that the industry is desperately searching for.
Simply put, artificial intelligence is intelligence which is demonstrated by machines, as opposed to the natural intelligence displayed by humans Artificial intelligence is sometimes also referred to as machine learning. AI mainly functions through the use of algorithms, which is a set of instructions that a mechanical computer is able to execute.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning can help save time in diagnostics and treatment, ultimately trimming down costs in labour, which decreases the total cost. The company Athelas uses machine learning and computer vision to be able to identify morphology and quickly characterize cell types through a tiny finger prick of blood. Athelas CEO Tanay Tandon on the innovative use of artificial intelligence, “clinicians and health plans are able to save thousands of dollars annually per patient by reducing hospitalizations, detecting adverse events earlier from frequent Athelas tests, and by keeping patients safely compliant on necessary therapeutics.” This technology is used by thousands of clinicians to save time and money.
In the healthcare industry, accuracy is key, artificial intelligence allows for the improved accuracy of diagnostics and many other aspects of healthcare, more accurate information can lead to better preparations and decisions, for example, AI can aid in the reporting of COVID-19 cases which can help hospitals and workers make critical decisions along the road to recovery.
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Jvion launches AI-powered map to tackle mental health crisis
Clinical AI company Jvion has launched an interactive map of the US that highlights areas that are most vulnerable to poor mental health.
The Behavioral Health Vulnerability Map uses Jvion's AI CORE™ software to analyse public data on social determinants of health (SDOH) and determine the vulnerability of every US Census block group.
Vulnerability refers to the likelihood that residents will experience issues like self-harm, suicide attempts or overdoses. The map also identifies the most influential social determinants in each region, to show the social and environmental conditions that contribute to mental illness.
As an example, the map shows that Harrison County in Mississippi has a 50% higher suicide rate than the rest of the state. It also shows a high percentage of individuals in the armed forces at a time when active duty suicides are at a six-year high, along with a high prevalence of coronary artery disease, arthritis, and COPD, all chronic illnesses that are linked to a higher suicide risk.
The map also shows Harrison County has a high percentage of Vietnamese Americans, who studies suggest have high rates of depression and may be less likely to seek help from mental health professionals.
The map was built using the same data and analytics that Jvion used to create the COVID Community Vulnerability Map, which was launched towards the start of the pandemic.
With this new map, Jvion is aiming to tackle the growing mental health crisis in the US. “At a time when so many Americans are struggling with their mental health, we’re proud to offer a tool that can help direct treatment resources to the communities that need it most,” said Dr John Showalter, MD, Jvion’s chief product officer, who led the development of the map.
“For too long, the healthcare industry has struggled to address social determinants of health, particularly in the context of behavioural health. Our hope is that by surfacing the social and environmental vulnerabilities of America’s communities, we can better coordinate our response to the underlying conditions that impact the health and wellbeing of people everywhere.”