AI in Healthcare and Rehabilitation Therapy
Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing health sectors in many ways, bringing fundamental changes to our lifestyles through the organic emergence of cutting edge technologies, explosive data growth and the shift in healthcare pattern. Conventional medicine was focused on curing a disease. Modern healthcare, on the other hand, is moving on to early diagnosis, advanced prevention, and customized care services.
AI is modernizing medicine by taking existing ways of working and redefining them through the smart application of technology. One of the examples of this is the way AI is being used to improve patient communication, ultimately providing more support and positive outcomes.
Equadex, a digital service company, is leading the way by using AI tools to facilitate conversation between people with autism who are either nonverbal or have language difficulties and struggle to communicate with their family and friends.
Helpitco, an app developed by Equadex, contains a database of pictograms that can help users to convert the spoken words into a series of images. In the future, they plan to upgrade this technology to help nonverbal children and adults who have Alzheimer’s disease.
AI-powered chatbots are a modernized version of support that has proven to work well as the first point of contact for simple questions. Voice assistants like Alexa and Siri could be installed in hospitals to provide signposting around buildings, or even assist surgeons by playing music and provide access to information in the middle of an operation.
AI is not just about coming up with more efficient treatments and pointing out to inefficiencies in the healthcare industry. It also has some use in the rehabilitation process — both by offering new types of software that are specifically designed for certain types of conditions and by powering chatbots that can help in taking care of the elderly population.
For example, AI software developers have recently created a life-changing AI treatment in which AI software was used to help a 29-year-old graphic designer with Parkinson’s disease to draw again. As Microsoft scientists led by Dr. Haiyan Zhang explained, existing treatments for Parkinson primarily focus on replacing dopamine in the body, but they have become obsolete and less effective over time.
RAPAEL is an AI-powered wearable gadget, designed to enable patients to enjoy their rehabilitation anywhere and anytime. The device continuously measures the patient’s condition and suggests proper training strategies for them. The training data is saved in a cloud system, allowing the patient to seamlessly train at home. Since the rehabilitation data is shared with the medical team, the patient can be effectively managed at all times.