AI to help build health­ier na­tion

China Daily (USA) - - LIFE / PEOPLE - By CHAI­HUA in­Wuzhen, Zhe­jiang grace@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

As­many tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies are join­ing the health­care in­dus­try, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence will drive the de­vel­op­ment of a news­mart health model in the fu­ture, ex­perts said on Thurs­day.

The smart health in­dus­try has in­te­grated the lat­est achieve­ments of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and med­i­cal sci­ence, said Li Bin, min­is­ter of the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

She made the com­ment while ad­dress­ing a fo­rum dur­ing the third World In­ter­net Con­fer­ence, which opened in Wuzhen, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, onWed­nes­day.

She said smart health is be­com­ing the lead­ing force to drive the de­vel­op­ment of China’s health in­dus­try and a new health care ser­vice model is emerg­ing.

Last month, the State Coun­cil, the coun­try’s cabi­net, is­sued the “Healthy China 2030” blue­print, which aims to ex­pand the size of health ser­vice in­dus­try to 16 tril­lion yuan ($2.35 tril­lion) by 2030.

Zhan Qimin, a mem­ber of the Chi­nese Academy of En­gi­neer­ing and pres­i­dent of the Pek­ing Univer­sity Health Sci­ence Cen­ter, af­firms AI tech­nol­ogy is the driv­ing force in the news­mart health in­dus­try, es­pe­cially in the de­vel­op­ment of pre­ci­sion medicine.

He noted China is see­ing a surge in chronic non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble and crit­i­cal dis­eases, and pre­ci­sion medicine can pro­vide pre­cise and ef­fi­cient ther­apy to im­prove the over­all health and well-be­ing.

AI tech­niques, such as rep­re­sen­ta­tion ma­chine learn­ing, could of­fer im­proved clin­i­cal pre­dic­tion re­gard­ing dis­ease risks, ther­a­peu­tic ef­fect, and prog­no­sis pre­dic­tion, com­pared with tra­di­tional tools, he added.

More­over, he noted the ma­chine learn­ing frame­work could pro­vide clin­i­cal de­ci­sion sup­port and pol­icy sim­u­la­tion, which would def­i­nitely im­prove the ef­fec­tive­ness and ef­fi­ciency of pre­ci­sion medicine.

Robin Li, chair­man and CEOof Baidu, said AI tech­nol­ogy also plays an im­por­tant role in ac­cel­er­at­ing the de­vel­op­ment of ge­netic medicine.

He said it is one of the most “ex­cit­ing” ap­pli­ca­tion ar­eas of AI tech­nol­ogy and there will be many break­throughs and op­por­tu­ni­ties in the field.

So far, ge­netic edit­ing is mostly ap­plied in the treat­ment of some rare dis­eases, he said.

The in­ter­net gi­ant has de­vel­oped Baidu Brain based on its ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence tech­nol­ogy. Li said 80 per­cent of the di­ag­no­sis re­sults us­ing its tech­nol­ogy are in ac­cor­dance with the opin­ions of doc­tors, ac­cord­ing to a test at Pek­ingUniver­sity In­ter­na­tion­alHospi­tal.

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Ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence is de­vel­op­ing quickly and will be used more in the health in­dus­try in the fu­ture.

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