We’ve been fascinated with the concept of AI for years, from early sci-fi classics like 2001 A Space Odyssey to the Matrix franchise to Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.
In movies like these, artificial intelligence is often the enemy, a dangerous technology poised to create the next supervillain. But as we’ve suggested before, what if in the real world, AI is actually poised to heal, not hurt?
Over the past year, we have kept you updated on Amazon’s rising healthcare venture alongside Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase. Now, we’re finally getting some insight into what their innovation is going to look like.
At a recent healthcare conference, Taha Kass-Hout (a senior health leader at Amazon) revealed that AI will be a big part of Amazon’s approach. Kass-Hout focused specifically on AI’s ability to compile and sort data, quickly sorting the best options for patients. There are no concerns about a hostile computer takeover however: artificial intelligence interfaces are poised to be tools to assist doctors, not to replace them.
This has already been happening on a small level. Amazon launched Comprehend Medical last year, a service that processes data on treatments, symptoms and medical history. It has already been applied to predicting insurance claim acceptance or rejection.
Amazon’s focus falls in line with the rest of the healthcare industry. The upcoming World Medical Innovation Forum usually focuses on a new topic every year, but the rise of AI technology in healthcare is seen as such a powerful player that the conference will be centering on the topic for the second year in a row.
Leading researchers and clinicians who participate in the event feel a unifying urgency to continue the AI conversation.
This is a tool that isn’t just moving researchers– it’s moving dollars. With spending on AI initiatives increasing rapidly every year, some projections expect this to be a $6.6 billion dollar industry by 2021.
However, the reality is that AI’s application in the healthcare industry is still in its infancy. Systems simply aren’t in place to enact the technological advances. Amazon’s Kass-Hout expressed that reality, voicing that we’re only just starting to see “real, concrete examples of its use.”
The places it’s going to be able to be applied fastest might actually be outside of the giant, consolidated companies like Amazon’s venture. That’s why Captiva’s agile approach might mean that your business could see the effects of developments like this faster. With its concierge style service and focus on transparency at every level, Captiva’s model is already set up to welcome AI’s data processing abilities as soon as it’s ready.