Computer Vision focuses on training computers to replicate human sight and understand the objects in front of them.

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SwissCognitive, AI, Artificial Intelligence, Bots, CDO, CIO, CI, Cognitive Computing, Deep Learning, IoT, Machine Learning, NLP, Robot, Virtual reality, learningComputer vision is designed to recognize and understand images and data to execute actions that only humans were once thought to be capable of performing. The healthcare industry has already seen a bunch of benefits coming from the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions. Computer vision technology is highly contributing to the mechanism, which can potentially support many different applications delivering life-saving functionalities for patients.

The emerging field of computer vision focuses on training computers to replicate human sight and understand the objects in front of them. Big players like Amazon and Facebook are already in the market, investing millions of dollars in the technology. Healthcare is also joining the race. Computer vision applications in healthcare such as diagnostics, medical imaging, clinical trial attrition reduction, surgery accuracy improvement, and much more are making a change in the way patients get treated. Computer vision and image processing have made great progress in the past decade. Operating as a human’s eye, computer vision algorithms find out patterns and anomalies in images to obtain a diagnosis. Through an iterative learning process aided by neural networks, computer vision identifies, evaluates, and interprets images. The goal of computer vision in healthcare is to make a faster and more accurate diagnosis than a physician could make.

Use cases of computer vision in healthcare

Faster diagnosis

Faster diagnosis is one of the greatest features of computer vision that unveils big prospects in healthcare. This helps in taking preventive measures towards diseases. Medapod, in partnership with the Chinese company Tencent, uses a computer vision application to identify and diagnose Parkinson’s symptoms using patient’s photos. The Markerless Motion Capture and Analysis System (MMCAS) identifies the frequency and intensity of joint movements and offers an accurate, real-time assessment. Babylon Health, a UK-based health service provider, has developed an app with Natural Language Processing (NLP) where a chatbot asks patients questions similar to what a doctor asks during an examination. The app uses speech and language processing to get the symptoms and forwards the information to doctors.

Accurate measurement

Computer vision is well-known for its accuracy. Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies is using a computer vision tool developed by Gauss surgical. The tool measures blood loss during childbirth. Using pictures taken with an iPad, the computer vision tool scans images of surgical sponges and suction canisters. Since implementing the technology at the hospital where 14,000 babies are delivered every year, doctors get to understand the amount of blood loss accurately, allowing them to treat new mothers appropriately.

Detecting illness

Computer vision is capable of detecting illness that is otherwise difficult to identify. At Mount Sinai hospital, physicians are using the AI-powered tool to detect acute neurological illness. The organization used 37,236 head CT scans from across Mount Sinai Health System to train a deep neural network to determine if an image showed an acute neurological illness. The hospital tested their tool in a randomized controlled trial carried out in a simulated clinical environment. To facilitate the technology, Mount Sinai invested in the Nvidia graphics processing units for this. […] 

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