THE TRUE BENEFITS of artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing, robotics, and data will be seen when we move away from our current fee-for-service model of healthcare and towards preventative medicine. The idea is simple: instead of waiting for people to get sick and then trying to treat their symptoms, we can head illnesses off at the pass and stop them from becoming a problem in the first place. It might cost a little more up front, but it could save the healthcare industry a huge amount of money in the long run.
THE PRECISION MEDICINE INITIATIVE defines precision medicine as “an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person.”
One of the biggest opportunities for artificial intelligence is its potential to power precision medicine systems and to pioneer a future in which every patient is treated as a true individual. We’re already on our way thanks to private companies like 23AndMe and huge scientific efforts like the Human Genome Project.