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Health Checks for the Tech Savvy

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Doctors at Northwestern Medicine and others have been working with Google to develop ways to apply artificial intelligence (AI) to improve many areas of health screening and subsequently, overall improved health. Future health screening could be as simple as using your phone.

Imagine the ability to use AI to check for:

  • heart rate and respirations or
  • diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that can cause blindness if undiagnosed and untreated.

Someday, these could be real possibilities that could result in more timely diagnoses and better healthcare outcomes.

Using the smartphone does not give a diagnosis but can let someone know if there is an elevated risk. This enables people to know better when to talk with their healthcare provider. It could also aid the provider in giving patients more background information to understand better how things have been progressing.

With increasing health checks that might be monitored using a smartphone and AI, it could help close the challenging gap regarding where people live and access to routine healthcare. The unified goal is to develop a number of disease detection monitoring programs, using methods that are less invasive, accurate, cheaper, and more readily available.

Learn more:

The Check Up: Our Latest Health AI Developments. [Internet] Available from:

Using AI to Prevent Blindness. [Internet] Available from: https://healt