In November, GE Healthcare released its Edison Developer Program, which will drive collaboration in medical software development. Artificial Intelligence in healthcare has been emerging in recent years and with this newest release of Edison, many of the innovative, independent companies can begin to work together.
On January 20th of 2004, President George W. Bush signed into effect a law that would have all medical records migrated into electronic databases and since then, technology in healthcare has significantly expanded.
Artificial Intelligence in healthcare has escalated to the point where startups are being created with the goal in mind to use these technologies to find and treat cancer, develop new medicines, and use algorithms to diagnose individuals based off of symptoms.
The ways in which AI, or artificial intelligence, is being used today expands even further than the few points listed above. In this article by BuiltIn, additional innovative approaches to modern medicine are being created using AI applications in healthcare.
So what does this mean for the field of medicine moving forward? How will GE Healthcare’s release of the Edison Developer Program fuel new thought?
The ability to collaborate
In the world of medicine, we see collaboration between offices on a regular basis. If we operate a family medicine practice and have a patient with severe asthma who needs to see a pulmonologist, we refer them.
The same goes for a pulmonologist treating a patient whose symptoms worsen and evidence of cancer is discovered. In this case, the pulmonologist will refer to an oncologist.
Collaboration in the medical field most commonly comes in the form of referrals, and this is a formula that has fueled our industry for years. Now, with GE’s newly-released platform, artificial intelligence in healthcare can advance further. Developers of advanced software can now collaborate and utilize their innovative software in new and improved methods.
As healthcare providers today, we are unfortunately at high risk for lawsuits. With a heavy workload, long patient list, and burnout looming, the fear of accidental misdiagnosis need not be added to our plate.
Electronic medical records, or EMRs, have helped to provide a more consistent workflow with regard to documenting patient histories and this has helped to alleviate some of the errors caused by data inconsistencies. However, workflow efficiency amongst staff members is always a worry and has yet to be perfected.
The emergence of artificial intelligence in healthcare could be the answer
As with any industry, a flawless formula has yet to be developed. New and innovative technologies are being released every day to help promote better medical care but there is still much to be done to get to the point where we can provide the best care while adhering to the needs of our patients whose lives are becoming increasingly busier.
Telemedicine continues to move forward and adapt to these new, exciting ways that AI will be able to assist in perfecting our field. We are consistently on the lookout for new ways to advance our current methods and with this newest release of GE Healthcare’s Edison Developer Program, we’re certainly expecting some optimistic insight in 2020 and beyond.