In recent years, we have seen numerous scientific breakthroughs. Technology is advancing at a rapid pace, and its impact has been seen in many industries worldwide. The life science industry is no exception to this rule.
However, few forms of technology have had such a major impact on the world of industry as artificial intelligence, or AI, and the life science sector has seen some major developments due to its arrival on the landscape.
It is clear that AI has transformed the landscape of life sciences in unparalleled ways, and here, we’ll look at just a few of the changes that this technology has brought about.
Unfortunately, many diagnoses that are made today turn out to be incorrect, and this can have a negative effect on the patient’s outcome. Often, incorrect diagnoses are due to incomplete medical records, but sometimes the cause may be physicians struggling to come to the correct conclusion.
AI can use chatbots so diagnoses can be more accurate, but still need that human touch to give the final assessment of the diagnosis based on information the AI has gathered. The technology can scan countless medical images at super-high speed and, thus, learn more extensively and quickly than humans.
AI can also revolutionize scientific publishing by scanning any potential peer reviewer, finding any cases of fabricated data and detecting plagiarism. This could result in a positive impact on the elimination of human bias, as well as improvements to publishing quality and speeding up scientific communications.
In order to ensure safety levels aren’t compromised, there must be rigorous testing in drug development. This process can be time-consuming, tedious and expensive.
AI eliminates all three of these drawbacks thanks to its excellent potential to scan through and cross-reference enormous datasets at high speed while dealing with exceptionally complex data in order to draw up a more effective and accurate list of drugs candidates at scale.
With AI, a robot could at some point in the future complete surgeries more accurately and consistently than human surgeons. Robotic surgery has already been introduced in the form of the “Da Vinci” robot, which is performing microsurgeries, albeit under human guidance.
Although this area of the life science marketplace is still at its earliest stages of development, it has already gained a lot of public and scientific attention but is not something that can be expected to go mainstream for at least another few years in the future.
Until recently, the approach to medicine has been very much of a one-size-fits-all, with patients receiving the same therapeutics for a given diagnosis. Of course, a central concern with this is that people are genetically different.
AI is seeking to change the status quo. Since it can effortlessly access patients’ health records and help select optimal treatments and medications, it makes personalized medicine a very real possibility. This may not be realized for several years but it is at least on the radar of AI developers and is bound to go through many trials before this kind of technology can be implemented in day-to-day life.
AI is Moving the Sector Forward
There are numerous ways in which AI is having a positive impact on the future of the life science industry. From improvements in patient healthcare to advances in the way the sector operates, artificial intelligence has the capacity to revolutionize the industry and improve outcomes for patients all over the world.