Benefits of AI in the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare industries

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The 21st century has adopted technology as a steady companion to mankind. With the help of Artificial intelligence, humanity moves forward in many aspects of life. One particular industry that has benefited from the developments of Artificial intelligence, is the pharmaceutical industry. With the use of automated algorithms, artificial intelligence performs tasks that generally rely on human intelligence.

AI offers pharma a wide range of applications; it has reshaped the research and development of new drugs and has redefined how scientists tackle disease. It also enhances marketing, manufacturing, and drug trials. This article will examine the various means in which AI advances the pharmaceutical industry and optimizes it. 

Benefits of artificial intelligence

Conducting repetitive tasks

Artificial Intelligence allows repetitive tasks to be done quicker and performs other tasks that seem mundane and time-consuming. AI handles data entry and analyzes medical reports. This allows doctors and healthcare professionals to focus more on their patients. Machine learning oversees huge amounts of data and is capable of finding possible treatments for different symptoms.

The system predicts information such as the patient’s test results and charts in real-time. It then suggests a possible treatment for critical care, therefore saving time.

Enhancement in diagnosis process

With the application of machine learning, doctors can access massive amounts of patients’ data with ease. This allows them to provide patients with better diagnosis and treatment. Numerous medical centers use AI to maintain electronic records or EMR. These records are used to examine how a drug can improve a patient’s health. They are also used for studying the impact of certain genetic features on the patient’s health.

The application of AI can provide a clear idea of the disease that is ailing the patient. Simultaneously, it suggests the most effective treatment, thus saving time and effort. 

Innovation in drug discovery

Traditionally, it takes up to three to five years to discover and optimize molecules. This includes the preliminary test in animals that precedes the test in human beings. Efforts of re-purposing drugs may take between one to three years.

Meanwhile, AI-based startups have claimed to identify and design new drugs in a matter of days to months. Thus, AI saves several years and billions of dollars for the purpose of bringing a new treatment into the market. 

Pharmaceutical companies maximize the potential of machine learning for multiple purposes. This improves the various stages of drug discovery; from the preliminary screening of medicinal compounds to the prediction of success rates based on a biological factor. During the process of drug discovery, various biomedical data is generated. Machine learning easily identifies new patterns in the information.

Machines that are proficient at recognizing patterns can look over this information in order to solve complicated biological networks. The result is the recognition of a medicine that has a possibility of working in the provided patient population. It directs pharmaceutical companies to avoid medicines that have the potential to fail. 

Manufacturing improvement

The employment of AI in the pharmaceutical industry allows an improvement in existing production processes. These include quality control, reduction in design time, predictive maintenance, reduction of waste, and improvement of product reuse. AI optimizes manufacturing and it makes it much faster and efficient.

It replaces older procedures that require human intervention and input and hence, it eliminates any space for human error. 

Applications of AI in Healthcare

Digitizing medical consultation process


Certain AI-based apps exist which are specially designed to give medical consultation. It bases these consultations on the patient’s illness symptoms and past medical records. The users can add symptoms in the app and it will go through the patient’s medical history. After that, it will recommend the next course of action. This minimizes the overall rate of misdiagnosis. ADA is an AI-powered app that has been in the making for over 6 years. It was created by a London and Berlin-based healthcare startup.

It goes through a set of questions about the patient’s symptoms and then offers potential causes for the issue. The app will then provide user-friendly advice on the next course of action. However, if the case is serious, it will advise the patient to book an appointment with the nearest healthcare professional. 

Mfine is another online healthcare service that is based in Bengaluru. It provides consultation with well-reputed hospitals and doctors to its users, removing the need to physically visit the hospital.

Digital nurse

Digital or virtual nurses provide follow-ups with patients in between doctor appointments. Sensely’s virtual nurse named ‘Molly’ monitors patients and allows doctors to personalize according to different treatment and recovery regimens. 

The above video displays Molly monitoring and interacting with a patient suffering from chronic disease. Molly checks the patient’s blood pressure, weight, and also checks in to see if there are any other complaints. Molly will alert the patient’s doctor in the case of any anomalies. If there are indeed any irregularities regarding the patient’s health, the doctor can follow up through video consultation or through a specialist visit. 

Managing medications

Some AI-based apps use webcam facilities to check whether patients are taking their medication or not. Aicure is one such app that functions through the patient’s smartphone camera. The app checks whether the patient is taking the medicine according to the prescription. It remotely detects visual, auditory, and behavioral changes. These changes could signify whether the patient is responding to the treatment or is suffering from side effects.

“It asks the patient simple questions or has them complete brief tasks, and then uses AI to analyze behavior, such as response time, effect, physical movement, and speech patterns.”

Conclusion

Artificial intelligence is being developed by mankind not just as an aid but as a way of life. AI-based healthcare is the future humanity is walking into. Healthcare professionals are welcoming it with open arms; it decreases risks taken and reduces the waste of time and money. AI’s potential is maximized for efficiency in the healthcare sector. With AI-powered apps, the pharmaceutical industry and the healthcare sector will enter into a new era of digitized medical management. 

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