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AI and Blockchain: Technologies Changing The Face Of Healthcare

Posted by on November 18, 2019 in Technology with 0 Comments

Technologies are evolving like never before. They are not solely delivering the finest of their potential to different business verticals, but are merging together to come up with better opportunities in the marketplace.

Two of such technologies are AI and Blockchain.

These technologies have undeniably brought a significant impact on the healthcare industry at an individual level. They have revamped the traditional healthcare processes and offered better solutions to the existing challenges.

Something that has made it imperative for every app development company to introduce them into their mhealth solutions.

However, now they are coming together to open new doors of disruption and add more value to the healthcare industry, which we will discuss in this article.

But firstly, let’s look into what are the benefits of the two technologies in the healthcare domain.

It was a long time coming for the healthcare industry to experience the makeover by technology like other industries. So, let’s have a look at what are the disruptions that these two technologies together are creating.

Blockchain’s Role in Healthcare

  • Easy medical records’ access

Of course, this has to be the primary benefit, after all, Blockchain is nothing but a decentralized technology absorbing all the data and displaying it in a transparent and immutable way.

By uploading sensitive medical records on the blocks of blockchain, it would become easy and convenient for the medical staff to get access to that data readily.

  • Drug supply chain transparency

Any discrepancy in the drug supply chain can cause more harm than anticipated. Blockchain can prove to be incredibly helpful in this regard as it would become possible to access the real-time data about the drug deliveries and supply chain.

Because the information on the blockchain cannot be tampered with, it would become easy to detect any unethical activity and discrepancies such as batch number, manufacturing date plus the name of the manufacturing company, and other related data.

  • Medical Staff Credentialing

This is a very tedious process because it involves cross-checking the data of the medical staff through different mediums which can take a while, to say the least. Blockchain being a platform that renders transparency of data, it can be verified and updated incrementally. What is more, access to the ledger can be provided or even blocked to the parties involved in the process. Even “smart contracts” can be used in the process in some way or the other to promote security, authenticity, and transparency of data.

AI’s Role in Healthcare

  • Clinical trial registration and enrollment

AI is the ultimate tool in the clinical trial enrollments. AI technology trends show that it supersedes the manual process because it can be ineffective sometimes is placing the candidates for a particular clinical trial. AI technology with its algorithm and tons of data can easily detect and determine which person is suitable for which clinical trial.

  • Drug discovery

This is one of those processes that take years to produce a valid result, and the chances of getting the desired result are still slim. With the help of AI technology and its branches like machine learning and algorithms, scientists are able to create new drugs for specific diseases in a day, which otherwise would have taken god knows how long.

  • Medical Imaging

Medical Imaging is a process that allows taking the images of the internal organs of the body in a non-intrusive and non-invading way. This is something that will revolutionize the way we diagnose the diseases and treat them.

With this attended to, let’s jump into what probable benefits will the collaboration of two technologies bring to the healthcare domain.

The outcome of Integrating Both Technologies

Decentralized Intelligence is what its called. By using both the technologies together in healthcare, it would become easy to transfer real-time diagnosed reports, which will hence improve the speed of the diagnosis process.

AI technology is something of a mystery to many people still and they feel skeptical towards it. We can hope that Blockchain’s quality of transparency will help AI to paint a new and clear picture of it in the minds of people and help them understand it better.

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