Healthcare’s Dynamic Duo: IoT and AI

Healthcare technology is entering a new phase of explosive innovation, triggered by a long-lasting global pandemic. In our IoT Integrator Wire podcast, Intel health and life sciences technology expert Stacey Shulman reveals what’s at the root of the disruption in a space that has been historically slow to adopt change. She describes the growth areas for health technology, ranging from digital health tools to hospital helper robots to intelligent telehealth platforms.

 

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The COVID-19 pandemic has jolted the healthcare industry, causing widespread change in the health technology ecosystem. Healthcare providers, labs, and hospitals are fast-tracking medical automation solutions that rely on IoT devices, data, and artificial intelligence (AI) to guide everything from pharmaceutical development to point-of-care diagnostics to virus outbreaks and disease tracking.

AI was in the spotlight early on in the pandemic and played a critical role in COVID-19 detection and vaccine development. The healthcare industry may now be ready to expedite AI solutions at much higher rates than ever before. A recent report from ABI Research shows increased AI adoption in healthcare, with AI spending in healthcare and pharmaceutical industries expected to increase from $463 million in 2019 to more than $2 billion during the next five years.

Disruptive and Emerging Medical Tech

To get a closer look at what solution integrators can expect in the healthcare industry, the IoT Integrator editors recently talked with Stacey Shulman, Vice President of the Internet of Things Group and GM of Health, Life Sciences, and Emerging Technologies at Intel Corporation.

In our podcast, Shulman describes the waves of disruptive innovation happening now, with smart robots, telemedicine tools, and personal digital wearables all playing a role in providing better--and safer--patient care. She details how AI and IoT have become the dynamic duo of vaccine development and cold chain deployment, and she offers a cautionary tale of what needs to happen next for AI to live up to expectations and create the trust that is critical in healthcare solutions.

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Image credit: Stacey Shulman, Intel

Shulman also shares details about the cutting-edge neuroscience tech being used in one of her current passion projects, which could result in a cure for blindness. She presents a challenge to solution integrators and developers in health tech, asking, “how much good can we do in the world if we can leverage technology to its full potential?”

 

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