There are nearly 70,000Source known diseases today, a few thousand drugs to treat them, and millions of possible combinations. Despite that overwhelming deluge of information, the doctors who take care of us do a great job keeping us healthy.
But wouldn’t it be great if they could have a little more help? Fortunately, assistance is on the way, thanks to smarter Artificial Intelligence (AI)—and the data scientists and IT champions that make it run.
A prescription for AI and predictive analytics—along with 3D modelling and remote reading—can help doctors improve accuracy and outcomes. That’s thanks to advancements in high-performance computing that manage complex and computationally challenging workflows. Fewer errors, more pinpoint therapies, earlier and better diagnosis and improved outcomes from procedures are healing news for doctors and patients alike.
The power of AI joins the fight against the Big C
And few things in healthcare need the help of AI more than cancer diagnosis and treatment. Already, leading research universities are working with Lenovo AI Innovation Centres on diagnostic models for various types of cancers to help make better diagnoses for patients.
Deep learning methodologies match MRIs or CT scans of new suspected cases with a huge database of cases previously diagnosed by thousands of doctors. It’s the ultimate expert ready-reference for radiologists. AIs can do all this, but only when they’re backed up by a robust cloud computing environment matched to always-available scalable storage systems and quick-response resources that sit at the edge of the network.
But what happens when AI-assisted diagnosis meets other smarter technologies? You extend the diagnostic strength of major hospitals to front-line health centres, and that’s what Lenovo’s E-Health solution is doing. Currently focused on liver tumour analysis, E-Health incorporates doctors’ expertise with deep learning algorithms and 3D reconstruction modelling. It helps doctors better understand tumour parameters and more accurately interpret CT images. E-Health helps doctors communicate with patients, bringing more humanity, compassion and trust to a difficult moment.
Redefining what’s possible in medicine
Thermal tumour ablation is a minimally invasive and promising cancer treatment. Still, it presents one main drawback preventing it from becoming a first-line treatment: doctors cannot visualise and control tissue damage in real-time. TechsoMed relied on Lenovo’s AI-optimised workstations to create and run BioTrace and give doctors the ability to see what was once hidden from view. With real-time, continuous monitoring and analysis throughout the procedure, BioTrace lets doctors maximise target tissue ablation while minimising damage to healthy tissue. Plus, it dramatically reduces suffering and costs up to ten times less than radiotherapy or chemotherapy. All it takes is a few minutes – and powerful AI algorithms developed and running on Lenovo’s smarter infrastructure solutions.
The innovations extend well beyond cancer treatment.
Smarter technology can save lives, but only in partnership with researchers, doctors and patients. Optimising the technology to meet changing challenges is the job of a different breed of healthcare partner: the IT professional. But with Lenovo’s Healthcare Services, they can concentrate on improving patient care and outcomes. By giving doctors the ability to tap into a wealth of AI, Lenovo and IT professionals devoted to healthcare enable a revolution in medical research and personalised treatment.