AI and Medicine

Data-Driven Strategies for Improving Healthcare and Saving Lives

AI and Medicine

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Data-driven techniques have improved decision-making processes for people in industries such as finance and real estate. Yet, despite promising solutions that data analytics and artificial intelligence/machine learning (ML) tools can bring to healthcare, the industry remains largely unconvinced.

In this O’Reilly report, you’ll explore the potential of—and impediments to—widespread adoption of AI and ML in the medical field. You’ll also learn how extensive government regulation and resistance from the medical community have so far stymied full-scale acceptance of sophisticated data analytics in healthcare.

Through interviews with several professionals working at the intersection of medicine and data science, author Mike Barlow examines five areas where the application of AI/ML strategies can spur a beneficial revolution in healthcare:

  • Identifying risks and interventions for healthcare management of entire populations
  • Closing gaps in care by designing plans for individual patients
  • Supporting customized self-care treatment plans and monitoring patient health in real time
  • Optimizing healthcare processes through data analysis to improve care and reduce costs
  • Helping doctors and patients choose proper medications, dosages, and promising surgical options

Mike Barlow is an award-winning journalist, author, and communications strategy consultant.

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Mike Barlow

Mike Barlow is an award-winning journalist, author and communications strategy consultant. Since launching his own firm, Cumulus Partners, he has represented major organizations in numerous industries. Mike is coauthor of The Executive's Guide to Enterprise Social Media Strategy (Wiley, 2011) and Partnering with the CIO: The Future of IT Sales Seen Through the Eyes of Key Decision Makers (Wiley, 2007). He is also the writer of many articles, reports, and white papers on marketing strategy, marketing automation, customer intelligence, business performance management, collaborative social networking, cloud computing, and big data analytics. Over the course of a long career, Mike was a reporter and editor at several respected suburban daily newspapers, including The Journal News and the Stamford Advocate. His feature stories and columns appeared regularly in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Newsday and other major U.S. dailies.