The term Artificial Intelligence (AI) in health care brings about visions of robots diagnosing and treating patients. While advancements are being made in the field of robotics, and development of intelligent robots for elderly care is in the works, this technology is not affordable or practical at the current time.
Far from a glamorous vision of a robot taking care of a patient, AI today involves a lot of nerdy and geeky coding that can help analyze data and recommend treatment options. According to Joseph Ferro – CTO of a health care tech company Mavens, AI has the potential to help senior individuals that live alone to better take care of themselves, and live longer.
AI Technologies Promoting Better Senior Health Care
The number of senior individuals is projected to double from nearly 50 million today to about 100 million in the next five decades. While the population of elderly individuals is increasing, the amount of senior health care centers remains stagnant. This is where AI can help as it can ensure that seniors who live home alone are able to look after themselves without the need for a third (human) party.
Artificial intelligence algorithms can be used to help people make the necessary changes required to reduce the risk and treat obesity, diabetes and hypertension, to mention a few. It can ‘coach’ the individual to adopt healthy habits that reduce the risk of developing diseases, or lower the severity of the symptoms of existing diseases.
What’s more, smart sensors controlled by AI algorithms can monitor vital health statistics. In case any aberration is detected in the person’s vital signs, the system can be programmed to automatically call the nearest health care professional.
Experts say that AI can perform manual tasks that are carried on by health care nurses. It can analyze the patient data and take appropriate actions. The companies that develop AI algorithms capture inputs of various health care experts. This results in a holistic health care treatment at an affordable cost of the individual.
The traditional health care costs amount to thousands of dollars for the individuals. Also, many senior individuals have to travel to clinics or the doctor’s office for getting treatment which can be a great inconvenience to them, but new technologies are making it easier to communicate with their medical professional and with an AI program, seniors will be provided the required health care in their own home and also at a fraction of a cost. The cost savings of the AI will greatly help in reducing the overall costs of senior health care services.
When it comes to radical health care, AI is certainly an important technology. It has the potential to greatly reduce senior health care costs and make elderly care more convenient.
In the near future, great advancements are expected in the real of artificial intelligence and a lot of it is related to elder care. Whether it’s keeping senior individuals healthy through preventive care, mobile communication or informing medical personnel about emergencies, the impact of AI technology will be far reaching.