Surgical robots, new medicines and better care: 17 examples of AI in healthcare

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Artificial intelligence is making the lives of patients, doctors and hospital administrators easier by accomplishing tasks that are usually performed by humans, but in a fraction of time and cost.

AI in healthcare is one of the world's highest-growth industries. The industry valued at around $600 million in 2014, but thanks to continual advances in the technology, it's projected to reach a staggering $150 billion by 2026.

From finding new links between genetic codes to surgery-assisting robots, artificial intelligence is re-writing the modern definition of healthcare with machines that can predict, comprehend, learn and act.

Robot-Assisted Surgery

Popularity in robot-assisted surgery is skyrocketing. Hospitals are using robots to help with everything from minimally-invasive procedures to open heart surgery. According to the Mayo Clinic, robots help doctors perform complex procedures with a precision, flexibility and control that goes beyond human capabilities.

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Robots equipped with cameras, mechanical arms and surgical instruments augment the experience, skill and knowledge of doctors to create a new kind of surgery. Surgeons control the mechanical arms while seated at a computer console while the robot gives the doctor a three dimensional, magnified view of the surgical site that surgeons could not get from relying on their eyes alone. The surgeon then leads other team members who work closely with the robot through the entire operation.

Robot-assisted surgeries have led to fewer surgery-related complications, less pain and a quicker recovery time. Take a look at four examples of how robots are shaping the future of surgery.

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