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Revolutionising Healthcare with Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
The World Health Organisation has previously released report of a staggering 7.2 million health workforce shortage in 2013 (latest available official data) - a deficit that could double in 2035, according to recent projections. The key causes have been identified as follows: Ageing health workforce with staff retiring or leaving for better paid jobs without being replaced, insufficient number of young people entering the profession or being adequately trained, and the internal and international migration of health workers.

To overcome present and future challenges, the healthcare sector is turning to artificial intelligence or AI. Today, AI health assistants are being used to optimise clinical process by covering a large part of clinical and outpatient services. Thus, freeing up doctors' time to focus on more critical cases. In addition, AI algorithms can go through millions of samples and identify patterns which may be useful in the treatment and prevention of diseases. DeepMind (a Google-owned AI company), Morpheo are IBM's Watson are only some of the institutions investing on AI in developing healthcare solutions.

While the debate on whether artificial intelligence will affect certain jobs in the healthcare sector continues, there is no available algorithm at present that can fully take over the social and professional functions of a doctor/nurse. Instead, robots are being used to enhance and augment human efforts to improve overall quality and availability of care and other health services.

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In the upcoming Innovating Care Asia Pacific 2017 Conference happening on 30th September - 1st October at the International Medical University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Artificial Intelligence as part of the emerging disruptive technologies will be discussed in one of the tracks. There are three main tracks at ICAP 2017, namely - Innovative Care Models in 2030, Rethink, Redesign and Reengineer for the Future and Wellcare in 2030. ICAP 2017 Conference is being organised by TalentGrid Ventures in collaboration with TransformHealth Asia and InfoMed. Visit the website here for more details.

The Innovating Care Asia Pacific 2017 (ICAP) conference brings together government leaders, healthcare stakeholders and industry players to share ideas and innovations as healthcare systems in the Asia Pacific region transition from conventional medical and healthcare paradigms towards preventive wellness (Wellcare) models. This will be the forum for the sharing of ideas and lessons on how we can collectively best turn the challenges into opportunities for improving the health of people throughout the region.

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