If AI sounds futuristic and intangible, Jeroen says it’s time to think again. “I have thousands of images stored on Google Photos, and I can ask to see only the images containing my son and daughter. In an instant, those images appear – even if my son is just in the background somewhere. So facial recognition AI is already better at finding objects in images than people. Now apply that to healthcare imaging!”
So what could be the practical applications of such technology?
“Alzheimer’s leads to brain atrophy. To the naked eye, images taken weeks apart look very similar, but AI can detect the changes, patterns and biomarkers. There are applications for imaging, digital pathology but also genomics where the information is so complex and there’s so much data to process that AI is the only way to do it.”
Arguably the overriding takeaway from this year’s Arab Health then was that technology and healthcare are converging more and more and will continue to do so in the years ahead.
The final word from Philips’ Jeroen Tas.