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2020 Healthcare IT Predictions: All Signs Point to Artificial Intelligence

To close out our series of predictions for 2020 in healthcare, today we are synthesizing what experts believe we can expect to see evolve this year in technology.

In the vast arena of healthcare technology topics, artificial intelligence has received a lot of recognition lately. Reportedly, 1 out of every 3 hospitals are expected to create and implement an AI strategy this year.

Leading experts in the healthcare space recently shared their views on what is in store for 2020, as reported by ITProPortal; AI continues to play the super hero in this developing storyline of digital transformations. Excerpts from their interviews are highlighted below.

Dr. Michalis Papadakis, Brainomix, CEO and Co-Founder

Brainoix is a leader in imaging software for neurological and cerebrovascular diseases, based in the UK

“In 2020, we expect to see AI technologies becoming the predominant driving force behind imaging diagnostics.

With around 780,000 people suffering a stroke each year in Europe, and 7.4 million people living with heart and circulatory diseases in the UK, it is imperative we find ways to reduce the burden on healthcare organizations and improve time to disease detection.

Utilizing these new technologies to review scans for any disease can reduce patient wait time and ease the burden on medical staff. There will be greater recognition [this year] of the value of AI in augmenting human performance.”

Mario Nacinovich, AiCure, Communications & Marketing

AiCure is an AI and advanced data analytics company with proprietary intelligent software that captures and understands video, audio, and behavioral data to establish the link between patient’s disease and treatment.

“In 2020, it comes down to ensuring that back-end processes gain greater efficiencies. Making it easier for AI to integrate with existing technology infrastructure will certainly help adoption.

Within the clinical trials industry, we can expect to see a number of key challenges in 2020 which technology – including AI – will help address. AI will play a critical role in understanding how a drug is performing in real-time and how patients are responding in clinical research including medication adherence and their behavior.”

Charles Taylor, HeartFlow, Founder

HeartFlow is a digital health company uniquely positioned at the intersection of advanced artificial intelligence and healthcare to transform how heart disease is diagnosed and treated.

“2020 will accelerate the development of the digital healthcare industry; a hybrid sector where medicine and cutting-edge technology converge to propel patient care forward.

Right now, we’re able to use medical imaging and AI to give physicians unprecedented insight into potentially life-threatening restrictions on blood flow within the body. But we’ve only just scratched the surface of what integration between information technology, computers and healthcare can achieve, and the expectations are high.”

Francesca Cormack PhD, Cambridge Cognition, Director of Research & Innovation

Cambridge Cognition is a leading global provider of cognitive assessment software for clinical trials, academic research and healthcare provision.

“Over the next year, we expect to see improvements in the precision of digital biomarkers for rapidly detecting neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. The ultimate goal is to integrate digital biomarkers into clinical care and improve patient outcomes.

It is now possible to use AI to enrich cognitive test scores with metrics that indicate cognitive effort, i.e. the unique features of a patient’s voice that reveal when they are finding it particularly challenging to perform a task. Patients who are ostensibly performing within normal ranges but struggling to maintain their performance are likely suffering with the early stages of decline and could benefit from interventions that might slow or prevent further neurodegeneration.”

Eval Gura, Zebra Medical Vision, CEO and Co-Founder

Zebra’s mission is to provide radiologists the tools they need to make the next leap in patient care.

“With a rising aging population and the growing shortage in medical experts, AI will be critical in enabling communities to provide productive and consistent health services. From medical imaging analysis to sensors and smart alerts, we are going to witness more improved and personalized care.

In 2020 we will see AI deployed in hundreds of health networks globally and impact the lives of  millions patients. AI has the power to transform patient care and empower radiologists to help with patient diagnosis. Having a single AI solution that integrates seamlessly into existing workflows at an affordable rate, will support radiologists in delivering better patient care.”

If you missed our blog post on the top 8 predictions in healthcare for 2020, be sure to check it out here.