How AI and Big Data are Accelerating the Healthcare Industry

By CIOReview | Monday, December 17, 2018

One of the biggest beneficiaries of modern technology is the field of healthcare and with the emergence of AI and Big data in this sector; one can witness the ever-growing potentials of these technologies. They have a lot to offer in this field concerning health outcomes, reduced costs, and improved convenience.

Healthcare sector is flourishing at a quick pace, which indeed is a positive sign. Managing patient health and curing diseases are increasing continuously. With such high demands, new technologies are being developed and are accepted at a rapid pace. As the healthcare sector is critical regarding patient health, it considers cybersecurity a subject of concern.

•   AI and Big Data enhancing healthcare outcomes

Malicious actors are increasingly becoming smart and are targeting healthcare, which makes cybersecurity a big concern. As per a report, 90 percent of hospitals that were surveyed have experienced a cyber attack within the last five years, but as AI and big data are in play, they are helping in safeguarding the patient data.

•  Malware Detection

Machine learning applications can quickly detect the emerging threats against the healthcare sector as most of these applications are designed to indicate risks using historical data and malware patterns.

•  Response to security breaches

In comparison to the traditional models, AI can more efficiently eliminate the threats after security breach; AI has the potential to figure out the anomalies in the network. After this, the issue is forwarded to human insight for further action. Also, with AI-powered automation, traffic can be segmented to separate sensitive data based on individual security protocols.

•  Eradicate risk factor

Smart devices are more prone to being hacked as compared to traditional tools, but AI is helpful in this area as well. AI can be used to implement data encryption and particularly for malware detection which could free healthcare organizations from relying on manufacturers to ensure if the security is updated.

It is impossible not to be excited about the innovations, but it’s also challenging to anticipate the following risk factors associated with it. Well, in that case, the most crucial thing is that healthcare administrators, physicians, and patients need to vigilant and outspoken to have safe progress in the coming years.