AI in Healthcare: How to Accelerate Change

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Harry GlorikianAuthor & General Partner at Scientia Ventures, sat down with me to discuss the current and future applications of AI and other innovative health technologies, including for personalized medicine, drug development, public health, disease prevention, and more.

Here is a sneak peek of our conversation:

Q: I was wondering if you could tell us a bit about some of those concepts that you’ve written in your book – The Future You. What is AI going to be doing for us now and in the future?

A: That’s interesting, right? I don’t think people realize that they’re probably interacting with some form of artificial intelligence daily. If they’re interacting with Siri or Alexa or searching for a movie on Netflix, they’re interacting with some form of artificial intelligence or one of the constructs under it (like machine learning or deep learning), daily. They just don’t realize it, which is great about the technology. You really don’t want to see it, you want it just working in the background.

All of these centers and technologies that are coming to the forefront, as you say, are actually creating the opportunity for an individual to have their own personalized dashboard for themselves where, instead of waiting for that silent killer to sneak up on them, you can see it when it’s coming. I have a wireless blood pressure cuff here and one of the big killers is your blood pressure, slowly going up. You may not realize it until you go to that doctor’s appointment maybe once a year and it gets detected. Then, you’re on blood pressure medication which may be good or may be bad because of all the side effects. But if you could see it along the way, maybe you could make a slight modification.

There’s been numerous articles about the Apple watch detecting a heart condition potentially or something like this Kardia device which is $80, doing six parameter view of your heart. Then, using AI to sort of interrogate it and give you that early warning nudge that you may want to make a change in your lifestyle or talk to your physician about this. It is empowering to the patient that we no longer have to only depend on that one-time visit.

I always tell people that it’s like taking your car and it’s making the noise but it’s not making the noise right when you’re at the mechanic and so difficult to diagnose. These technologies can monitor you 24/7, and you will see something potentially happening in that time frame that then a physician can act upon.

For more of our discussion, you can watch the whole Fireside Chat with Harry Glorikian, or listen to the podcast version, below.

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