While robots and computers will probably never completely replace doctors and nurses, machine learning/deep learning and AI are transforming the healthcare industry, improving outcomes, and changing the way doctors think about providing care.
Machine learning is improving diagnostics, predicting outcomes, and just beginning to scratch the surface of personalized care.
Imagine walking in to see your doctor with an ache or pain. After listening to your symptoms, she inputs them into her computer, which pulls up the latest research she might need to know about how to diagnose and treat your problem. You have an MRI or an xray and a computer helps the radiologist detect any problems that could be too small for a human to see. Finally, a computer looks at your medical records and family history and compares that with the best and most recent research to suggest a treatment protocol to your doctor that is specifically tailored to your needs.
Industry analysts IDC predict that 30 percent of providers will use cognitive analytics with patient data by 2018. It’s all starting to happen, and the implications are exciting.