Embracing AI in Healthcare

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Welcome to a fresh season of Thrive in Fives. I hope you had an amazing summer. I spent it relaxing, of course, but also developing new content. New content about social relationships and the importance of human connection, particularly in the age of AI. Now, I’m not anti-AI. In fact, I believe when it comes to artificial intelligence in healthcare, we can really utilise this technology to eliminate preventable deaths, get earlier diagnosis for better treatment options, and extend our longevity. So, in this month’s series, I am going to share four AI in healthcare examples, demonstrating how it can be used to enhance human health and eliminate human error.

What is AI in Healthcare?

Before we dive in, I just want to talk a little about what AI in healthcare really means. It’s a collective term that refers to using computer systems and machines to mimic human thinking and learning–specifically in medical settings–to analyse data and predict specific outcomes, like diagnoses. 


The first in our series of ai in healthcare examples is HeartFlow. HeartFlow’s technology uses AI and its algorithms to identify if patients need corrective surgery:

“The HeartFlow FFRCT Analysis is the first non-invasive diagnostic tool that aids clinicians in determining, vessel by vessel, both the extent of an artery’s narrowing and the impact that the narrowing has on blood flow to the heart.

By non-invasively identifying which patients do and do not need intervention, clinicians can reduce unnecessary invasive testing, reduce healthcare system costs and improve patient quality of life.”


So, it’s a noninvasive tool that essentially looks at CT scans of a person’s coronaries and heart to see where those arteries are narrowing and establish whether or not they require treatment. Usually, this would be done with surgery, so it’s a fantastic example of how AI has been used in healthcare to eliminate unnecessary, invasive procedures.

Extending Healthspan

The possibilities for AI in healthcare are truly quite astounding. And I’m going to give you three more examples this month, so keep an eye out for them! But here’s what I’m really getting at: rather than being anti-AI, I think especially in the world of healthcare, we should embrace it–with an abundance of caution, obviously! Because when combined with wearable technology; preventative lifestyle measures–positive things for our health and wellbeing–that is how we are going to extend our healthspan.

And that’s what it’s all about: it’s not the years in your life, but the life in your years. Let’s live as long and healthy a life as we possibly can.

If this topic interests you, you may also enjoy our latest webinar ‘How to create a culture of belonging and connection in your teams (in the age of AI)‘ Tuesday 12th September 12.00pm UK.

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