A small study in 2018 hypothesized that we can use voice characteristics to predict the risk of heart attacks or detect heart coronary disease? Yes, and among 138 patients studied, their emotional state made promising headways in predicting the disease over a call. The correlation between the intensity of emotions, frequency of voice, and possible detection are interesting. Wouldn’t you agree?
Yes, this is what Sandhya Prudhi, the MD of Mayo clinics also believes. The study published in the Mayo Journal is one of many interesting AI developments in the healthcare sector. The most common pattern among these is the increasing use of voice for data analysis. In her interview with Everyday Health, Sandhya also talked about the use of voice recognition on Amazon’s echo speaker.
Did you know that 53 million Americans now own a AI-enabled voice speaker. This amounts to nearly 21% of the total population. Moreover, the AI developments are just starting to show their promise.
If you ask Amazon’s AI speaker Alexa about the symptoms of lung cancer, it will blurt out an informational response with potentially all the details available on Mayo Clinic’s website. The website on its part is working towards figuring out algorithms. According to Sandhya, the next AI development on the horizon is a personal AI assistant for healthcare. This is surprisingly easy for a clinic like Mayo.
The clinic gets thousands of ordinary queries each day with the likes of “I have cough”. In response, nurses at clinic try to diagnose the symptoms of the disease with a set of questions. Once she has formulated her diagnosis, she gives out an informational response. In the near future, an AI is likely to overtake her calling duties with an intelligent, and voice-enabled personal assistant.
So, are you sold yet? What do you think? Can AI assistants ever become the real face of healthcare?