by Jia-Jheng Yeh
Artificial intelligence (AI) has greatly changed people’s lives in recent years, and its applications are highly valued in smart healthcare. The following are a few AI applications that include intelligent diagnosis, medical equipment, and smart drug discovery.
Robotics in healthcare are changing the way operations are performed. Common robots include:
- Robotic surgery machine- da Vinci Surgical System: a system commonly used in surgical operations using a minimally invasive approach that is also more precise.
- Robot caregivers: robots that could provide life assistance to the physically impaired and the elderly.
- Medical microrobots: robots equipped with small cameras that can be sent into human bodies to deliver drugs.
- Wheelchair robots: robots that detects surroundings to move to predetermined destinations via voice-control navigation.
TED ICU Smart Intensive Care System
Developed by Taipei Medical University (TMU) and Taiwan AI Labs, the system is designed for the prediction of sepsis using AI integrated with clinical medical data, based on the transfer, integration, calculation, and recording of patients’ physiological data completed by the system.
At present, this system displays the severity of a patient’s condition with different colors and determines the incidence of sepsis when the patient is admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU). The degrees of urgency are shown in red for severe conditions, yellow for moderate, and green for light.
Smart medicine cabinet for better efficiency and management
Automated Dispensing Cabinet, developed by iMedtac, is designed for not only dispensing general drug but also managing controlled drugs (CDs) of all levels, expensive drugs, and special drugs. Placements of drugs in different drawers and the container sizes can also be customized based on demands for various types and numbers of drugs. Smart medicine cabinets simplify the time-consuming process for medical staff to identify authorized medical personnel, retrieve patient information, and record drug names, time of delivery, dosage, etc. The cabinet can also be connected to Healthcare Information System (HIS) and Nursing Information System (NIS) to update-real time information in drug use.
With the help of AI technology, coupled with physicians’ clinical considerations to make decisions, healthcare can be improved to provide better services for patients.