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AI serves as clinical bridge in locations where medical care is absent: Dr. Chinmaya Chigateri

Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru
Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

Artificial intelligence (AI) has made a huge impact in areas where medical care is low or absent. Although its implementation is in infant stage, it has transformed the healthcare sector proving to be useful in the early detection of diseases and help doctors to better monitor the situation, stated Dr. Chinmaya Chigateri, director & CEO, Healthminds Consulting.

Some examples are Niramai aiding in breast cancer diagnosis and Tricog, an AI company, interpreting ECGs in emergencies and saving lives, he added.

Further AI is now a part of routine radiology interpretation suites. Many AI software are FDA-approved with a great deal of predictability and reliability. A good example is Imbio, a company that aids doctors in diagnosing lung abnormalities through CT scans, he said.

Even drug research and discovery companies are working with the latest advances in AI to streamline molecule selection. They have realized the potential of the technology to drastically reduce the time and costs of bringing new drugs to market, Dr Chigateri told Pharmabiz.

During the pandemic, the process of communication was hindered. Here AI came to the rescue with chatbots embedded with NLP (Natural Language Processing) and ML (Machine Learning) which helped users track their health via symptom checkers that directed them to access online medical services.
Besides, AI has also enabled conversation and socializing with the elderly population and update their health records in the hospital to suggest a probable diagnosis. Care Angel is one application that acts as a virtual nurse for the patients, he said.

With rising healthcare costs, there is an impending need to bring in efficiency in a manner that treatment can be delivered in a clinical setting. It is also inevitable to automate tasks, like typing radiology reports, clinical notes, and discharge summaries in hospitals. These tasks done manually are extremely time-consuming. Now AI-driven speech-to-text solution is witnessing widespread adoption. The doctor simply needs to dictate and AI will convert that to text. Technological advancements have enabled even the transcription of complex medical terms that are dictated effortlessly and reliably. Augnito is one such company making leaps in this technology that is worth watching, said Dr Chigateri.

Therefore AI has been remarkable tool for healthcare. However, there is still a long way to go since many doctors and patients are still adapting to it. To gain trust and be more adaptive, AI companies need to ensure credibility and reliability through robust clinical trials and publishing their findings in peer-reviewed journals. Only with scientific evidence, would the medical fraternity and patients be forthcoming to adopt such technologies, stated the Healthminds Consulting chief.

 

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