Medicine is always relying on new technologies to improve diagnosis and treatment. We are now witnessing an explosion of health data, which is driving behind the innovation of a medicine that simultaneously adapts to the barriers of modern society. Personalized medicines and remote health services are advancing at the cost of larger IT infrastructures, explaining the move toward the cloud for healthcare organizations.
By Mathieu Jeandron, Senior Solution Architect Manager, AWS
Cloud -powered medicine innovation
New technologies, such as high-throughput sequencing, have changed genomics and given hope to find cures for genetic diseases considered incurable. This enables the emergence of precision medicine aimed at prescribing personalized treatment to a patient taking into account their illness as well as their genetics.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is also a tool widely used by the medical profession, such as in the medical imaging sector where collaboration between the doctor and AI is the only way to effectively analyze the many images generated by each evaluation and to determine. information that, for some, cannot be seen with the naked eye. This is the case of Rayvolve, a tool created by AZmed and that uses AI to detect fractures and thus save valuable time for doctors who can afford to devote more time to complex diagnoses.
These innovations are based on the acquisition and analysis of much data that is essential to the advancement of science and the creation of new and more effective treatments, as long as they are able to exploit it. In the case of data generated by high-throughput sequencing, translational bioinformatics are used to generate it and make it available to scientists and clinicians. This technology, which is essential to the development of precision medicine, requires significant IT infrastructure. That’s why many healthcare organizations are embracing such a cloud Modern which for several years has defined a research and production strategy that is entirely focused on the cloud.
The cloud and many related services have facilitated the generalization of AI in the health sector and its provision by researchers and scientists. AI makes it possible to organize data and explore the very complex relationships between them. Diagnosis is more accurate and it is now possible to predict the effectiveness of a treatment.
Technology support care offerings are expanding
The health crisis has forced health personnel to adapt immediately to continue to provide care despite barriers. Long -distance consultations skyrocketed and there have been many initiatives to improve the entire value chain of care. The speed of adaptation depends in part on the cloud.
Beyond the elasticity of the IT infrastructures needed to support the growth of telemedicine, the cloud offers a variety of AI services such as creating chatbots or developing voice recognition applications. Some hospitals have so quickly developed a Chatbot that asks patients about their symptoms and risk factors and directs them, if necessary, to a video consultation. Others have developed specific applications to monitor patients, infected or suspected of being infected, at home, and thus relieve hospital infrastructure without compromising medical assistance. During this time, remote monitoring also developed. Thanks to the contribution of connected health items, it has become possible for caregivers to follow the vital indicators of Covid-infected patients on a centralized dashboard and to anticipate their hospitalization in case it worsens. Implicit has, for example, created a unique cardiac telemonitoring platform in the AWS Cloud and is developing medical algorithms based on artificial intelligence. The goal of Implicity is to facilitate remote monitoring of cardiac devices such as pacemakers, defibrillators and implantable cardiac monitors, for better patient care.
The cloud provides an important technological foundation for promoting medical innovation. The pandemic encouraged new behaviors and accelerated the use of new tools. Many of them will continue and others will emerge, thus contributing to the fight against medical deserts, providing care to isolated people or people with poor mobility or facilitating hospital resources in a crisis situation. .