Artificial intelligence is revolutionizing cardiology, expert says

Interaction with artificial intelligence, robotics and other forms of new technology is driving a revolution in the field of cardiology, said Professor Rafael Beyar of the Rambam Health Care Campus.
“Cardiology has gone through dramatic changes over the past few years,” Beyar said. “There are several areas where we are seeing these changes. At number one I would put when we can refer to digital health, and in particular the development of better and faster diagnostic tools based on artificial intelligence, diagnosing heart attacks, strokes, pain , etc.

“Today there are many ways to monitor patients, from smartwatches and patches to special home-mountable cameras, all of which collect information that can be sent to hospitals,” he noted. .

Beyar, former director of the hospital, is one of the organizers of the Innovation in Cardiovascular Interventions conference which will take place in Tel Aviv from December 5-7.

The conference will bring together hundreds of healthcare professionals, medical entrepreneurs and researchers.

3D image of a heart in a cardiology test (credit: REUTERS)3D image of a heart in a cardiology test (credit: REUTERS)

Another area that has seen spectacular progress recently is that of valves.

The heart has four valves that allow blood to flow from one direction to another.

“Until recently, all valve-related issues had to be resolved with surgery, open-chest procedures that also involved several weeks of recovery,” Beyar noted. “Now some alternative therapies exist but not for all problems and there are several companies in Israel and abroad working to develop more solutions.”

Robotics is also an important area of ​​innovation in cardiology, underlined the expert.

“There have been significant developments in the use of robotics to perform surgeon-guided procedures,” Beyar noted. “It’s also important to allow someone to perform surgery remotely if we imagine a situation where a patient is in a place where no doctor is available.”

Israel, a country known for its culture that fosters innovation, is a very fertile ground for advancing change.

“Israel is unique because it has many technological solutions developed in the country and they can often be tested in Israel, also because the regulatory process is relatively efficient,” Beyar said.

Asked if it is sometimes difficult to make changes in the medical field, which tends to be cautious of new methods, the professor noted that it is always important to keep things safe. made.

“However, cardiology is a discipline where things go very fast,” he said.

“I’m an interventional cardiologist and I was there when stents started to be used,” he recalls, referring to the small devices used to treat narrowed arteries. “I can tell you that in five years, stents have gone from 10% of relevant procedures to over 90%.”

Looking to the future, Beyar says, the question is how digital health tools will change the way patients are monitored remotely.

“The coronavirus pandemic has already changed things very quickly from this perspective, but we will have to wait to see the trend continue and how it develops,” he concluded.

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