Thinking about a new career? The future of medicine is in biomedical technology. AI will increasingly be used to assist doctors in diagnosing and prescribing treatment. There will be many jobs created that do not require medical degrees. However, specialized training or licenses may be required.
A quick search of any job website will show many jobs available. These are some of the job search terms related to this field:
Here are just a few articles about AI uses currently under research that I found on Fiercebiotech.com.
- https://www.fiercebiotech.com/medtech/ge-healthcare-unveils-ai-program-bundle-simplified-mri-scans “GE Healthcare has launched a new artificial intelligence platform that aims to simplify much of the leg work in conducting an MRI scan, with software designed for technologists with little to no previous experience.”
- https://www.fiercebiotech.com/medtech/aidoc-nets-fda-clearances-ai-detection-aortic-tears-medium-vessel-strokes “Aidoc obtained two new clearances from the FDA for its artificial intelligence programs that help analyze CT scans to spot dangerous conditions and alert providers.”
- https://www.fiercebiotech.com/medtech/h2o-therapeutics-makes-splash-fda-nod-parkinsons-monitoring-apple-watch-app “Once the Parky app is downloaded onto a user’s iPhone and Apple Watch, its machine learning algorithms continuously analyze the smartwatch’s movement data to automatically pick up on Parkinson’s-related symptoms.”
- https://www.fiercebiotech.com/medtech/eye-ai-aye-aye-fda-tells-aeye “The FDA has cleared an artificial intelligence program to help screen for the early signs of a major cause of blindness among people with diabetes.”
- https://www.fiercebiotech.com/medtech/jj-scibase-team-build-out-skin-screening-ai-predict-eczema-development-babies “Together, J&J and SciBase will build on the latter’s existing Nevisense Go system, a portable device that uses artificial intelligence and electrical impedance spectroscopy to analyze the skin for abnormalities without requiring an invasive biopsy. “
- https://www.fiercebiotech.com/medtech/deep-learning-ai-could-predict-heart-disease-death-chest-x-ray-10-years-out-study “Like the ACC’s risk calculator, the AI method is also aimed at helping to “identify individuals who would benefit from statin medication but are currently untreated,”
- https://www.fiercebiotech.com/medtech/quick-retina-scans-may-be-ais-key-predicting-heart-disease-study-says “By combining that data with a person’s age, smoking history and previous medical conditions, a study found the AI model’s predictions could perform just as well or better than standard Framingham risk scores for cardiovascular-related deaths several years into the future, without the need for a blood draw or measuring a person’s blood pressure.” and “The first FDA clearance for an AI-powered diagnostic went to a program for spotting the signs of diabetic retinopathy in the eye’s blood vessels. ” and “…study results showing an eye scan could help estimate the size and strength of the heart’s left ventricle, the workhorse that pumps oxygenated blood to the body. That AI predicted a patient’s chances of having a heart attack in the next 12 months with an accuracy between 70% and 80%,…”
- https://www.fiercebiotech.com/medtech/natus-medical-aims-acquire-micromed-build-out-brain-monitoring-portfolio “Micromed’s Moberg platform includes a central nervous system monitor and display, which records data from dozens of bedside ICU devices, as well as remote analysis software.”
As a medical technologist, I found this field very engaging for the couple years I worked in clinical labs, and it provided a good entry point for working in research laboratories as well.
The best part of being a med-tech (BS or BA) is that you are basically an undergraduate pathologist; i.e., you get to help patients without having to actually interact with them, and you avoid the intense competition of medical school. The collegiality of most clinical labs is very supportive and satisfying.
Cool! I think I would enjoy that. Or being the person who goes to a client’s home and shows them how to use the equipment.