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The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Digital Health

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Artificial intelligence has been making steady progress in making impact in clinical medicine and healthcare this past decade since the advent of deep learning. Accelerated by the needs during the pandemic, digital medicine and health herald the era of technological advances such as health apps, wearable technology and remote monitoring, telemedicine and communication tools, and other diagnostic devices to affect a more optimal quality of care as well as a more timely response to any health situation. The overarching theme in digital health and medicine is the use of AI in orchestrating, storing, and interpreting the huge amounts of data derived from the devices to facilitate acute and chronic disease diagnosis and management via AI-enabled acquisition and interpretation of data. This strategy will both increase the ability to proactively intervene when appropriate as well as decrease the burden on both the patient and the caretakers when the decisions are relatively straightforward.

In the near future, embedded AI and the artificial intelligence of medical things (AIoMT) with machine and deep learning algorithms will bring together people, process, data, and things; this strategy will allow the accrued data to be streamlined and organized in the cloud proactively in an overall paradigm of personalized precision medicine. As these devices become more intelligent, increasingly higher levels of sophistication in decision support can also be part of both (1) preventive medicine (such as retinal images for retinopathy screening or skin lesions for melanoma detection) as well as (2) chronic disease care management (such as diabetes, hypertension, or heart failure). A future paradigm of clinical research and precision care will include a learning health system as well as digital twins.

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Chang, A. (2023). The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Digital Health. In: Meyers, A. (eds) Digital Health Entrepreneurship. Health Informatics. Springer, Cham.

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