Artificial Intelligence and…superpowers!

IA, the acronym for artificial intelligence, is boldly entering medical device software for a smarter and more technological future.

Written Thursday, by Emanuele Mortarotti

Welcome back to our usual weekly appointment with the news of Dispotech, your disposable excellence! Today we will be speaking about Artificial Intelligence (further indicated as IA in this article), and its ever increasing usage in the market of medical equipment.

The medical industry has undoubtedly benefitted to a greater degree from the progress made in research in the technology field compared to others. In fact, thanks to AI, an iPhone is able to identify a tumour and a smart watch can perceive problems prior to a heart attack. Machine learning is becoming a common practice in all aspects of medicine and news of how it is being used superbly comes from nearby Denmark, giving hope. In Copenhagen, the emergency medical services switchboards rely on Corti, an entirely virtual “colleague”. Corti works by listening to the calls that reach the emergency room switchboards. It analyses each conversation making use of signals that refer to an in-house database of medical knowledge. Once the key words have been identified, Corti transfers “to the flesh and blood colleagues” all the medical information necessary to the healthcare operators, who then know which problems to act on. This part-human part-digital type of work functions perfectly and has turned out to be a true success to be exported and imitated. According to Freddy Lippert, CEO of EMS Copenhagen, “Our switchboard operators do an incredible job, under enormous pressure and in circumstances where the person calling for help is often terrified, not lucid and panic-stricken. During the period in which we used Corti to increase the effectiveness of our services, we noted that the platform concretely supported the switchboard operators, speeding up diagnoses. There are people in Copenhagen who are alive thanks to Corti”.

AI is also one of the strongest allies in the fight against cancer. For example, a few weeks ago the IT Department of the government in Moscow (DIT) released an open-source code for detecting cancer which uses deep learning technology to identify signs of lung cancer in radiology tests. This technology, known as RadIO, is available free of charge and can be used by anyone. If on the one hand it certainly isn’t a magical charm that eliminates tumours, on the other, it will surely save lives. According to the DIT, “RadIO helps create algorithms that can identify cancerous cells”.

Another company, Art Medical, is using AI to solve a serious problem which is spreading like wildfire: that of patients who, in hospital, end up getting even sicker. Thanks to continuous monitoring and internal technology, the software developed by Art Medical ensures that patients in hospital facilities are protected. CEO and founder of the company, Liron Elia, proudly maintains that “with these new algorithms, we hope to save an even greater number of lives in hospitals and prevent complications due to hospitalisation. Intubated patients, in fact, are those who are most exposed to infections: we aim to reduce the percentage of patients infected in this manner to a minimum”.

While many might not see it in the same light, in reality we are living in the most prosperous era in history. Only 10 or 20 years ago, these discoveries would have been considered science fiction. The future of machine learning is booming and we will experience it in its heyday.

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Emanuele Mortarotti
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