Discover the article published in the online Swiss magazine Heidi.news on te encounter between AI and medicine. For the medical profession, which has been called upon to position itself in the face of these new technologies, the time is still ripe for caution and mistrust. White coats don’t like black boxes.
The article explains that artificial intelligence won’t replace doctors just yet. Medicine remains a human science, based on the relationship between doctor and patient.
However, the article invites us to take the best of both worlds. Indeed, AI can free healthcare professionals from repetitive, time-consuming tasks and support their decision-making.
Two Swiss innovations that could change medicine
Sébastien Mabillard, CEO of Swiss Digital Health, knows the Swiss digital health ecosystem inside out. He cites a few promising innovations developed on the Lake Geneva region:
“There’s Pneumoscope, for example, a sort of lung “Shazam” developed at the HUG with technological support from EPFL, which aims to detect several lung diseases such as Covid or asthma from the sound of the lungs.
We could also mention the Healthme project, which records consultations and transcribes them to patients using speech-to-text AI.”
However, the healthcare ecosystem is unlike any other. It has a triple barrier to entry, explains the specialist.
- Significant investment is required to obtain CE or FDA certification,
- you need to be able to participate in clinical trials,
- and finally, the cooling of bilateral relations between Switzerland and the EU complicates matters for medical devices.