A leading longevity expert and founder of the Longevity Vision Fund predicts that artificial intelligence (AI), mind-reading wearables, and 3D technology will change the face of healthcare.
"An example is lung cancer," says Sergey Young. "It's the leading cause of cancer death, accounting for 24% of cancer fatalities, and takes the lives of approximately 156,000 Americans each year. The Google Health AI team may already be saving extra lives each year in the U.S. due to an improved diagnostic rate compared to human doctors without this technology."
Young, who is dubbed a longevity visionary, has a mission to help a billion people extend their healthy lifespans by making longevity affordable and accessible to everyone.
"Improved diagnostics can catch cancers earlier to ensure a higher survival rate," he tells Newsmax. Here are some of his comments about more emerging innovations in the healthcare field:
- Mind-controlled wearables. CTRL-Labs has developed an electronic wristband that gives patients mental control of computers and other devices. The electrode-studded band translates thought patterns into actions without invasive brain implants, so that people can use this new technology that could replace traditional keyboard and mouse setups or even touchscreens.
- Artificial intelligence to diagnose cancer. As stated earlier, Google Health built an AI system that outperforms human radiologists in diagnosing lung cancer, detecting 5% more cancer cases and 11% fewer false positives than a control group of humans. Google recently published a study revealing AI efficacy in detecting breast cancer. This not only saves money on needless further tests but as the technology improves, it can be used globally to detect cancers in remote regions without access to highly trained cancer specialists.
- Retailers entering the healthcare field. Walmart opened its first Health Center in Georgia in 2019, a facility that provides consumers with primary care, labs, X-rays, dental, hearing, counseling, and more. It offers affordable, transparent options as well as financing, says Young. Walgreens is also partnering with LabCorp to offer in-store blood work.
- Medical supplies delivered by drones. In 2019, UPS received the U.S. government's first full approval to operate a drone airline to support hospital campuses across the country. The subsidiary service, UPS Flight Forward Inc., hopes to expand to over 20 hospitals nationwide. Other drone services include Wing, which is approved to make deliveries to Walgreens, and Zipline, which delivers lifesaving medical supplies to rural villages in Africa.
- Artificial 3D hearts. Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, but at the same time is one of the hardest conditions to diagnose because of typically vague symptoms, says Young. Starting with a standard coronary CT scan, HeartFlow analyzes the data to create a 3D model of the coronary arteries and assesses the impact blockages have on blood flow. This non-invasive tool reduces healthcare system costs by 26%, and 61% of patients avoided invasive angiograms using this protocol.
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