Funts asks, “What’s got you most excited about the future of health and AI?”
There are three times to look at.
- Present-day: acceleration, accuracy, and automation reduce administrative tasks so payers, providers, and patients can spend more time on what matters most
- Near-term future: deep learning and technologies like computational chemistry, unsupervised image classification, and other machine learning help develop drugs faster and solve medical puzzles
- Far-term future: quantum computing allows us true simulation at a molecular level of the human body, allowing for massive testing and development of cures for nearly everything
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In today’s episode, Hans asks,
What am I most excited about when it comes to artificial intelligence and healthcare? I’m sitting at the health further conference today about to do a talk on AI and and where healthcare is going with it. There’s a few different areas of give one answer and Instagram yesterday. But
health care needs the three benefits of AI, which are acceleration, faster results, accuracy, better results and automation getting stuff out of the way. And when it comes to getting faster results. Certainly, obviously, the computational power of AI gets things like diagnoses done faster. The famous story of IBM Watson doing a a cancer diagnosis and a genome sequence analysis and 11 minutes is a really good example of that the accuracy
Of course, no surprise there as technology continues to improve the accuracy of the results we get out will be better. And then the alleviation. I think this is probably one of the years where there’s there’s a tremendous amount of paperwork, both regulatory and just in general, for the running of healthcare. The business of healthcare that can definitely be automated. Everything from updating EHR as an EMR is to
to filing and detecting insurance fraud even
if we alleviate a lot of the automation on the payer, we eliminated the automate the the paperwork on the provider, we eliminate the release of the patient paperwork and processes I think that will free up more time for for the patient to get the kind of services that they want.
Remember that artificial intelligence is not going to replace humans, certainly not in healthcare.
Can’t think of very many people who would eagerly submit to a machine doing all the poking and prodding rather than a human doctor without at least a human presence there to reassure them that yes, this is perfectly okay. And yes, that’s where that machine supposed to be poking.
And so those attributes that people are, are really good at empathy, judgment, broad life experience in that human human relationship building, that’s where that’s where I would like to see healthcare invest more time by taking away the administration, the processes the paperwork, or at least significantly reducing. So that’s the very near term future of where AI will have an impact and healthcare a bit further down the road. Although obviously there’s a lot of development happening right now.
Computational Chemistry is an area that is fascinating because what we’re doing as a society
computational chemistry system attempting to simulate the actions of individual molecules and atoms so that we can do things like for example, drug testing to find candidates for drugs against complex conditions simulating the millions or billions or trillions of atoms and molecules inside same human body is a massive feet
and being able to apply things like machine learning and deep learning to these problems will let us narrow down drug candidates faster will let us do much more extensive and rigorous testing
there even ethical reasons you’d want to do this if you could avoid animal and human testing except as a as a final proof that the chemistry works you could significantly reduce the amount of testing that you need to do and that would save time, save money and reduce the the ethical concerns.
some examples of this, that where we were seeing it is in spot play testing. So if you’ve ever seen a spot plate and chemistry class, it’s like a little square additions, guys a little round indentations there, and you put in all of your test materials and your, your controls. And then you put in your variations of drugs. And then you look at it go, what changed.
And spot play testing is a time proven practice in chemistry, but it is
it is not really a scale because a human being could not look at, for example, a spot plate the size of a football field, right? That’s just even if it was millions and millions of different combinations of of a test. There’s no way for us to realistically parse all that but a machine can a machine can use a camera or a whole bunch of cameras and gather a million images or 2 million images, you know, different frequencies of light and stuff like that and then apply on supervised learning to
say, Okay, what have all these tests, variations? Which ones are different? How do they clustered together? And what do those tell us? What kind of information does that tell us about that particular combination of tests. There’s a tremendous opportunity there for for basic unsupervised learning to drastically improve spot play testing. But the real the real goods will be in computational chemistry, particularly once the technology matures. Once we are
into sort of the the triple digit cubits and we can simulate molecules and atoms at a much larger scale with quantum computing, then you’re going to really see the our ability to do computational chemistry take off because right now the fastest biggest computers in the world would still struggle to accurately simulate all the crazy conditions inside the human body. And just taking one aspirin can drastically change your blood chemistry
and our machines.
you struggle to deal with a situation like that to accurately model what’s happening, your blood chemistry changes, minute to minute hour to hour every day,
but a quantum machine, that can do trillions or quadrillions or quintillion of simultaneous calculations that could do it that could accurately simulate all the variances inside of a human body. And then we would be able to do things like drug testing, surgical testing, all sorts of modalities to see what actually gets the result we want and do it at massive scale and very, very quickly.
So there’s sort of three frontiers with AI in healthcare. There is the commercially available technology that is
in market right now, that should be being used at all levels of health care so that we can get those those core benefits acceleration, accuracy and automation. There’s the near term with deep learning in computational chemistry and other
Their forms of diagnosis as well we’re deep learning can be used to find an extrapolate patterns and then there’s that far frontier where quantum plus machine learning plus true computational chemistry simulations
could potentially within the next 20, 3040 years be solving are our most difficult challenges we will get to a point as it is and we’re gonna blow ourselves up
will solve most of the major medical problems
and so then we need to have obviously a very long conversation about
do we restrict things like birth rate when people will live for a couple hundred years but that’s that’s not for quite some time but in in the near term cures to two more cancers will certainly be up for grabs
here. So all sorts of conditions where we are looking to to alleviate mitigate or eliminate
Killer conditions today
are on the table on the really the only thing that will be killing us as a as a species will be like like accidents, our own carelessness, drug overdoses and such because the the preventable diseases will have been prevented. So that’s what’s got me excited about AI and healthcare there’s tremendous opportunity the science is moving very very quickly companies are embracing the technology so as a whole I feel that we are in a really good place and moving quickly to an even better place. And I think that benefits us all
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