The Technology That's Increasing Access to Healthcare

Unburdening the System is a Pressing Issue. Can AI help?

Why It Matters

AI-powered virtual health care platforms are tackling problems of access in the healthcare sector. They could prove a worthwhile case study for any sector facing accessibility problems due to distance or the limited availability of trained experts.

Remember the last time you were sick?

Your head was pounding, your throat raw, and leaving your bed was probably the last thing you wanted to do. On top of a trek through the winter cold, you likely would have spent some quality time in the clinic waiting room, sometimes staying hours in an uncomfortable plastic chair before you saw a doctor.

And that’s a best case scenario.

Now imagine feeling like that while in a remote location: there is no clinic, there might not even be a resident doctor in your town. What then?

Researchers have started applying the machine learning algorithms of artificial intelligence to problems of healthcare. With the help of messaging, video chat, and algorithmic symptom diagnosis, AI-powered virtual healthcare is helping to fill gaps in the system.

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