Since its launch in 2006, Lyca Mobile has grown to become the largest international mobile virtual network operator in the world, with a new customer joining every two seconds and an existing customer base of more than 16 million users.
This article will look at how technological advancements and innovations in mobile technology are disrupting and transforming the healthcare sector.
Addressing Global Healthcare Challenges with AI and Fourth Industrial Revolution Innovations
In countries around the world today, modern healthcare systems are struggling to bear the burden of huge challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, an exploding global population and a staggering increase in lifestyle-related diseases.
The good news is that AI is paving the way for intelligent workflows and processes to make healthcare more effective, affordable, personalised and equitable.
Many experts suggest that the healthcare industry could prove to be the sector most affected by the enormous advantages brought by the fourth industrial revolution.
The Role of AI in Revolutionizing Healthcare
In a recent report by Forbes, Tom Lawry, national director of AI for health and life sciences at Microsoft, suggested that while senior leaders in the healthcare space do not necessarily need to understand how AI works, they need to grasp the power of AI and how it can help them provide personalised care for people more effectively and compassionately.
One example is the government of Singapore, which is currently in the process of developing deep algorithms that utilise machine learning to help manage the health of diabetic patents.
Having mined data from approximately five million citizens to identify those who are prediabetic, Singapore’s government has recruited volunteers to take part in a programme that involves participants receiving daily notifications highlighting what they can do to lower their blood sugar and take charge of their health. This highly personalised advice has proved hugely successful in terms of slowing participants’ progression from prediabetic to diabetic.
Although AI appears poised to impact the work of many healthcare professionals, experts are sceptical regarding the possibility of machines replacing human healthcare providers completely.
As Tom Lawry indicates, while AI is good at things like pattern recognition and sifting through massive amounts of data to find something humans either are not capable of finding, or which would take years to find, humans are great at common sense, wisdom, empathy and creativity, all of which are vital in the care process.
With the launch of LycaHealth, Lycatel invites people in the United Kingdom to take advantage of state-of-the-art facilities at its Orpington and Canary Wharf clinics. Today in the UK, approximately a third of the population does not know the name of their GP.
LycaHealth aims to change all of that, enabling users to choose a private GP and in many instances schedule a same-day appointment to discuss their health concerns. LycaHealth clients are seen face-to-face by an experienced, welcoming GP who can help with anything from diagnosis to lifestyle advice.
Comprehensive Healthcare Services and AI Advancements at LycaHealth
In addition, LycaHealth also provides a walk-in X-ray service at both of its Orpington and Canary Wharf clinics, with a maximum waiting time of around 30 minutes for scans Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 5.00pm.
Both clinics also offer same-day MRI scans utilising a state-of-the-art 3.0T MRI scanner, providing clients with detailed and accurate results, with a short turnaround in a COVID-19-safe environment. Clients can book an MRI scan with LycaHealth with or without a referral at either clinic.
LycaHealth presents a full spectrum of healthcare services, including breast care services, mental health, fertility and pregnancy, neuro clinic, dermatology, liver health, diet and nutrition, audiology, ear, nose and throat, imaging and diagnostics, orthopaedics, diabetic clinic, cardiovascular, pain management, blood tests, men’s health, women’s health and digestive health, as well as corporate health and wellbeing.
According to a paper published by the US National Library of Medicine, potential for AI in healthcare is vast. The increase in quantity and complexity of data in modern healthcare presents huge scope for AI to be applied across the field to make processes faster and more efficient, while simultaneously lowering cost.
Precision oncology and smart jumpsuits for babies are some of the innovative ways AI could be leveraged to turn data into actionable insights. Applied correctly, AI has huge potential in patient diagnostics and treatment, performing tasks with more efficiency and accuracy and analysing vast troves of information, supporting human health professionals by providing them with all of the data they need and enabling them to make better-informed decisions.
Several types of AI are already being used by care providers and life sciences companies. Key categories of AI applications include diagnosis and treatment recommendations, administrative activities, and patient engagement and adherence.
Nevertheless, although AI can complete some healthcare tasks as well or even better than humans, large-scale automation of healthcare professional jobs is incredibly unlikely, at least in the foreseeable future.