The reach of the fourth industrial revolution can be felt in almost every industry. Its impact can also be clearly felt in the health sector.
This surgical robot enables surgeons to do knee or hip replacements using 3D computer imaging based on a CT scan, making the robot remove the areas of bone as mapped out by the surgeons.
Since the robot was first developed in the late 1990s, the latest version has been passed by both the U.S. and Korea's food and drug safety ministries as of 2017, and is now being used in more than 13 hospitals in Korea.
In this room, seven doctors are discussing treatment options for a uterine cancer patient. One of the 'doctors':... a supercomputer
This AI computer is loaded with 12 million cancer research papers and medical cases.
It compares the data with the patient's genetic records
After a round of discussion, "surgery, then chemotherapy" is announced as the best treatment option.
Since adopting Watson a year ago, the hospital has treated over 550 cancer patients with the supercomputer.
Multidisciplinary approach, with doctors from various departments working with AI, Instead of one-on-one doctor to patient treatment, is changing medical diagnostics. AI healthcare market alone is projected to reach six-point-six billion U.S. dollars by 2021, and expand into areas like preventive care. High costs and improving accuracy are still challenges for the robotics and AI industry, but what was once considered just hype is slowly becoming a new reality of healthcare.
Kim Hyesung, Arirang News.