The healthcare industry is undergoing a sea change some observers are already comparing to the discovery of penicillin. Today’s revolution, however, has been triggered not by a single, ground-breaking invention but by a multitude of smart digital technologies and their application to medicine. Above all, two trends are driving the change: big data and artificial intelligence (AI).
Breakthroughs in sensor technology combined with ever greater processing power make it possible for increasingly large amounts of patient health data to be recorded in real time. Information can now be automatically collected, transmitted and evaluated. It can also be incorporated into electronic health records and used by medical professionals or smart apps.
AI searches for relevant information
Artificial intelligence in the form of self-teaching, pattern-recognition software can filter out health-relevant data from this mountain of individual information. The applications compare this data with other medical findings, for example from imaging procedures such as X-rays or computer tomography, analyze them in light of medical literature and recent studies, and then make diagnoses and recommendations for treatment. Smart algorithms also help to discover and develop new drugs and therapies faster and more efficiently.