Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare – It’s about Time | Casey Bennett | TEDxNashville

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare – It’s about Time | Casey Bennett | TEDxNashville

  • It’s certainly a challenging time when we look at respiratory disease. Many lung-related conditions are increasing and will continue to be a problem. But with the tremendously rapid rate of change in the medical world, there’s hope for certainly treating some, if not all, of them successfully.
  • It won’t be easy. There’s the very real issue that in the future, antibiotics to treat infections will no longer be effective because bugs are becoming resistant to them. This will cause huge difficulties. It means that conditions we’ve dealt with successfully, such as pneumonia, will be harder to treat.
  • Paradoxically, we’re going to see long-term control over diseases that we thought were totally untreatable, such as some lung cancers and mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. This will be by immunotherapy (using the patient’s own immune system to fight off a disease) rather than relying on radiotherapy, chemotherapy or surgery.
  • I think we are also going to have new medicines and treatments available because of the advances we make. But many people won’t be able to afford it or have access to it.
  • On a more positive note, I believe in 10 to 15 years, although probably even sooner, there will be an effective vaccine for asthma. Although it may be hugely expensive to develop, it will be worth it as huge numbers will benefit.
  • I also believe there will be amazing imaging equipment to see inside the body that we cannot even imagine at the moment. We will have very sophisticated equipment that will show the body functioning in real time. For those with lung conditions, this will be a huge advance.
  • But the way society is changing will mean conditions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)will increase. As more of us become obese, this has a major impact on our lungs and respiratory system.
  • In 20 years, if not sooner, our treatment and management plans for those with chronic respiratory disease will no longer be worked out by doctors. Instead, patients will be monitored remotely and an algorithm will keep check of their healthrather than a doctor. It will be a very different medical world sooner than we think.
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