How technology and artificial intelligence help the progress of medicine: the “doctor” in your smartwatch, more useful than you think

A little while back, I was interviewed by Ozana from Playtech.ro . To read the full interview, please visit this page:

Do you think that there is a little “doctor” in your smartwatch that can help you monitor your health? 
Can artificial intelligence be the key to disease prevention and diagnosis? 
Do you think technology can contribute to scientific progress? 
I invite you to read on for an interview about personalized “smart” medicine and why today’s technology holds the key to better health.

An app alerted biotech expert Harry Glorikian that he had a medical condition, and that important phone message gave him the idea for his latest book, The Future You: How Artificial Intelligence (AI) Can Help You Get Healthier. Stress Less, and Live Longer (The Future You: How Artificial Intelligence (AI) Can Help You Be Healthier, Stress Less, and Live Longer), which explores how artificial intelligence directly relates to healthcare and explains to readers how technology can help health and wellness.

Harry Glorikian is an influential global business expert with over three decades of experience building successful projects in North America, Europe, Asia and the rest of the world. You can follow him on his official website, on Twitter , YouTube and Instagram , and you can find his aforementioned book here .

In his new book, The Future You: How Artificial Intelligence (AI) Can Help You Get Healthier, Stress Less, and Live Longer, biotech expert Harry Glorikian helps readers understand how to use the technology (which they very likely have already) to create their own personalized healthcare experiences.

Thus, Playtech’s editors spoke with him about technology, artificial intelligence and how it helps medicine and scientific progress.

Ozana: How do you convince your readers and followers to trust technology and not doctors?

Harry Glorikian : I strongly believe that one does not exclude the other, but both combined give people the best results. Technology can allow the individual to monitor and/or test themselves regularly and then share that information with their doctor to achieve the best outcome.

Ozana: Do people trust Google as a doctor and not seek professional advice when they have a health problem?

Harry Glorikian: I don’t know exactly the answer to that question. Many people use the Internet to search for answers to medical problems. That being said, my recommendation is that someone with a medical problem see a doctor for their condition.

Ozana: There is this concept that with the evolution of technology, robots will take our jobs in the future. Do you think there is a possibility that in the future doctors will simply disappear and artificial intelligence will treat us?

Harry Glorikian: The short answer is no. The human aspect of healthcare is very important. That said, I believe that AI will help monitor and identify problems quickly and accurately, making it easier for the doctor to focus on the patient and the best treatment.

Ozana: Will artificial intelligence be more or less expensive than healthcare today?

Harry Glorikian : I think artificial intelligence will be less expensive than healthcare. This is especially true in countries outside the developed world where healthcare costs are much higher. My general belief is that technology is a deflationary force.

Ozana: Tech giants like Apple, Samsung, etc. are helping people take care of their health through many features in smartphones and smart watches. Do people trust these devices and share their personal data?

Harry Glorikian : People trust these devices and share quite a bit of their data with them. However, I advise people to understand who they are sharing their data with and try to understand how their data is being used. This technology can provide powerful insights into one’s health. Apple and Samsung are leaders in helping promote wellness and healthy living. Millions of people use the Apple Health app, and I think that number will continue to grow.

Need to lose a few pounds? Do you toss and turn in bed all night because of insomnia ? Curious about risk factors for conditions like cancer or diabetes? There is an app for each of these. These apps, either individually or combined with wearable devices, can continuously monitor almost any aspect of physical and mental health. Data-driven medical technology is here, and it has the power to save lives, if people know how to use it.

Ozana: And can people self-diagnose with these wearables?

Harry Glorikian : The answer is yes. I think people can and do use their wearables to monitor and/or test themselves for heart rate, blood pressure, stress, sleep quality, and more.

Ozana: The artificial intelligence system is a pattern recognition process. We always talk about AI as understanding, but it doesn’t have human understanding, it doesn’t have human capabilities. Can artificial intelligence really help us if it doesn’t understand us?

Harry Glorikian : You’re right that AI doesn’t understand, but I think AI can and does help both ordinary people and doctors. I think AI is ultimately about pattern recognition, but I also think it’s more than that. For example, a doctor can use AI to study and learn from data to help them make better decisions. I believe that artificial intelligence can help in the diagnosis of patients and the appropriate and personalized treatment for each one. I think artificial intelligence will help in patient monitoring and many other things.

Ozana: You have been an observer and participant in the healthcare industry for 30 years. You have written about gene editing, the human genome, and individual DNA rights, among others. What do you think is next in terms of scientific discoveries?

Harry Glorikian : I think the next 20 years will bring some amazing medical breakthroughs. I think gene editing is the breakthrough of our generation. I also believe that in ten years we will each be able to live to be a hundred years old and stay healthy most of the time. There are many more breakthroughs that I believe are coming, and I look forward to writing about technological advances in areas such as drug discovery, diagnosis, and monitoring.

Ozana: New therapies and technologies have helped the medical system in the Covid pandemic. How will artificial intelligence help doctors and scientists predict future outbreaks more quickly?

Harry Glorikian : I think artificial intelligence will help monitor, track and predict infections. For example, AI can be used to sift through mountains of data to help identify an outbreak, who is affected and where the outbreak will spread. Once identified, I believe AI will help researchers and doctors make better decisions about treatment, diagnosis and prevention.

Ozana: What are the healthiest things – mentally and physically, personally and professionally – that people can do to live a long, productive and healthy life?

Harry Glorikian : Exercise, eat healthy and sleep well.

Glorikian’s overall message is clear: There is literally nothing about health and wellness that hasn’t been completely transformed by the power of artificial intelligence. Technology and artificial intelligence are already impacting healthcare, and there are new technologies on the horizon. AI is also helping doctors diagnose different types of cancer, and people are already using smartphone and smartwatch technology to achieve their health and fitness goals—and sometimes even survive a health crisis.