ROCHESTER, Minn. – Mayo Clinic is hosting their Transform conference this week.
It’s an annual event where medical professionals gather to learn about the future of healthcare.
One of the topics regarding the future is augmented human intelligence, or artificial intelligence.
“They're computer programs and computer systems that look at large amounts of information and look for similarity and patterns,” Dr. Andrew Limper, who directs the Science of Healthcare Delivery at Mayo Clinic, said, “and then they keep learning by going through the data again and again. And that allows you to come up with discoveries that you wouldn't have dreamed of otherwise.”
Limper said it’s a fairly new concept at just three years old.
“Over the next 3, 5, 10 years it will be a major part of what we do in everything. It already is in sales and it already is in many businesses,” Limper said. “We have to bring it into healthcare to make the care of patients more efficient, better, and friendlier.”
Tom Insel is the president and co-founder of Mindstrong Health, a company that plans to use phones to help with mental healthcare.
The idea is that how you type on your phone will be used as a way to measure your risk of mental illness.
“Like we have blood pressure for hypertension, blood sugar for diabetes,” Insel said, “this gives us digital markers off your smart phone to help understand when people are getting depressed, or when they're getting manic, or when they're getting psychotic.”
It's a way to use technology to prevent rather than react.
“So someone who has a chronic illness like depression or Schizophrenia could use this as a way of getting an early signal when they're about to relapse,” Insel said, “and when they may need a chance to see somebody to get help with that relapse.”
Next year’s Transform conference is set for Sept. 25-26, 2019.