DigiNxtHlt Solutions LLP, today announced ‘echo’ – an AI based marvel which takes the music therapy experience to new levels as a wellness tool. The ‘echo’ app is built on artificial intelligence technology to gauge and measure moods, stress, and anxiety levels, and deliver customised music playlists to alleviate the condition, ushering in emotional wellness to boost confidence, performance and energy levels.
“Music therapy is more about empathy than entertainment. It slips past pain points and can help gather insights to fix the mind. Music being the only art that goes beyond science, the symbiosis of artificial intelligence and music can well surpass one’s anxiety or stress levels, and take holistic wellness to a new level. It is the only art form that can break through the impenetrable walls of Autism, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.”, says Ms.Sujatha Visweswara, CEO and Co-founder at DigiNxtHlt LLP.
‘echo’ has taken 3 years to build with the help of myriad number of data scientists, AI engineers, musicians, artists, psychologists and analysts. ‘echo’ is the result of 2768 carefully invested people-years by our global panel of science, domain and technology experts, an average of 27 human lifetimes spent over the course of 3 years.
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At DigiNxtHLt LLP, our quest to craft a system that could one day become everyone’s companion to holistic audiology remains ceaseless. In elevating it further over time, in delivering wellness day-after-day, and help improve quality of lives.
As the world adopted technology in day-to-day living and across various business functions, patients also have demanded amplified quality of care, rapid diagnosis, improved life spans, and recovery from chronic conditions such as cancer. It is time to move past the conventional methods of healthcare and adapt to the new healthcare processes driven by modern tech.
Artificial Intelligence has transformed every industry there is, and healthcare is no exception.
The healthcare industry has always benefitted from the use of modern technology and mobile devices. Artificial Intelligence has added to it, paving the way for improved quality of life for us humans. The impact of Artificial Intelligence for healthcare has been widespread, touching base with almost every element of healthcare – from diagnosis to record-keeping, preventive treatments to recovering from an epidemic.
In this article, let us discuss several ways in which Artificial Intelligence has impacted healthcare.
Improved diagnosis using medical imaging
According to a study, laboratory medicine data influences 70% of clinical decisions.
Diagnosis heavily depends on the data made available through testing. AI helps in deriving higher accuracy of a condition by making use of medical imaging. AI-powered digital imaging tools can help in capturing pixilated details that are impossible to catch for the naked human eye. AI-driven radiology tools can help in improving the analysis of biopsy reports.
According to a study, incorrect diagnosis accounted for around 10% of the deaths in the USA alone.
Improved analysis and diagnosis are hence critical, and thanks to AI, it is possible to even for chronic conditions such as cancer.
Predictive analysis and risk detection
Electronic health records have been monumental in reducing the operational and cognitive load of hospitals and healthcare systems, while ensuring consistency in the treatment of displaced people. EHR has been critical in replacing the conventional paper-based system that was inaccurate, immobile, and difficult to update and maintain. EHR, coupled with AI-driven NLP (Natural language processing) tools, can automate the entire process of clinical documentation. This EHR data can derive patterns that can predict disease vulnerability and infection susceptibility. This predictive analysis goes long away in identifying an outbreak before it happens or in detecting the patients’ risk of an ailment before they display symptoms.
Establishing mind-machine communication
For patients undergoing chronic neurological illnesses, the communication barrier between the patient and the healthcare provider is inevitable. But not with AI! Artificial Intelligence is significant in creating an interface between patients who have lost the ability to speak, write, or communicate. Now, the communication between the patients and healthcare providers is with the aid of Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs).
Smart devices to reduce the burden of healthcare workers
The burden on healthcare systems across the world is different. While in some geographies, the population density is low, and the number of healthcare providers is higher, in underprivileged geographies, it is the exact opposite.
AI can resolve the problem of resource allocation. Tools using AI can work as a replacement to clinical staff where the healthcare systems are underserved, and the demand is higher. AI-powered algorithms designed to consider the physical stats and genetic patterns of specific geography can diagnose illnesses and other conditions without an expert human at the site. AI can bridge the gap between underprivileged social groups and healthcare, making healthcare truly equal for all. To add to the value of the care, smart devices can help in identifying health deterioration, automating alerts when needed, and help in reducing the manual load of healthcare providers.
Health monitoring through wearables
This is an extremely common, day-to-day use of AI in healthcare. The wearable tech market is consistently growing and will reach USD 51.60 billion by 2022. Wearables are now a part of common accessories and contribute to routine monitoring of health conditions, from activities to exercise energy levels and heart rates. Wearables are hence an excellent way for mapping overall health and wellness of patients and also serve as user-generated personal health records that are readily accessible when needed.
Drug development has always been a very costly affair. It takes several thousand hours of research, endless clinical testing, and experiments to derive a powerful drug that actually works. An average drug development process costs around 2.6 billion USD because of the multiple trial and errors the process incurs. However, with Artificial Intelligence, this process can be optimized using robots. AI-powered robots can scan through several data points, cross-referring it to drug combinations for a particular condition, and simulating several test results in a shorter span, freeing up hundreds of manual research hours. With AI, the conventional trial-and-error approach is replaced with data-driven biology and hypotheses.
Improved patient service
Artificial Intelligence can help in offering the much-needed customer service, which today seems to be a matter of concern for 96% of the people. AI can aid in streamlining the patient’s experience at the hospital, offering urgent care through AI-powered chatbots, providing accurate patient wait times, and mapping the shortest routes for ambulances. AI-driven tools can help in providing telehealth, where the patients can consult physicians from the comfort of their homes, reducing the chances of infection, and getting more personalized care.
The world now demands improved healthcare more than ever. With Artificial Intelligence, delivering improved healthcare without burdening the healthcare systems and the frontline healthcare staff is achievable. Hospitals and healthcare systems need to a leverage AI to start a new era of healthcare.
About 9.7% of youth in America suffer from chronic mental health issues like depression.
COVID-19 has added to these issues, and several studies prove it as well. A significant increase in mental health problems, like anxiety, depression, and substance abuse among US adults, was observed by late June. The morbidity and mortality associated with the pandemic were the major causes of such extreme conditions. These adversities exist in nearly 41% of surveyed adults in the country.
While stress and anxiety were the common adversities, many people also experienced severe problems, like suicidal thoughts and inclination towards substance abuse. Almost 75% of these people belonged to the young adults’ group of 18-24 years. A reason can be their inexperience in handling such crises with a positive mindset. 25% of these people also experienced high suicide ideation. While talking to people is an effective way to deal with such issues, experts suggest taking the help of professionals.
Another way to handle excessive stress, phobia, and anxiety related to COVID-19, economic problems, unemployment, etc., is through music therapy.
Yes! You may consider this much sought-after therapy to get a better grip on your negative emotions. Even the mental health experts recommend the same to their patients these days based on their specific issues.
Music therapy has a tremendous impact on mood.
If you love listening to music, you will know how it influences your mind and mood within a short time. But music therapy is not all about listening to some good, soothing music. Professional music therapists use several other techniques, such as playing of your favorite instruments, learning music, and even composing songs in their therapy sessions. It will not be wrong to say that these sessions guide you through the magical land of music to improve your mood.
Music therapy is an all-inclusive therapy that concerns everything musical. Besides enhancing moods, it also helps ease pains and soothe chronic issues. From communicative to cognitive, social to behavioral, music therapy can help address a range of mental health issues.
What kind of psychological issues can music therapy address?
There is no reason to believe that music therapy only helps enhance moods and reduce stress. Researchers opine it can also address chronic psychological issues, like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Let us shed some light on the benefits of music therapy to reveal unbelievable facts:
Sleep issues are frequent among all sections of the population, children, adults, or the elderly. Nearly 70 million people in the US suffer from sleep disorders. Among them, 25 million adults have obstructive sleep apnea. Then again, one of every four Americans has insomnia. Depression and stress are two of the primary reasons behind such issues, but there can be others. Music therapy helps these people relax their minds before going to bed so that it is easier to fall asleep. Instead of popping a few pills, music therapy can be an effective non-pharmacological treatment for sleep disorders.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Memories of a traumatic incident can haunt a person for a long time. However, if the effects of the incident are too deep, a condition known as PTSD may occur. Severe hypertension, breathlessness, fear, anxiety, emotional disturbance, and other symptoms characterize it. Music therapy can help give the much-needed relaxation to the mind and help ease the pain or fear that may trouble the affected person. It also creates a positive diversion, thus reducing the chances of panic attacks and other severe issues.
One in every 54 children in the US has Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD. About 40% of them are nonverbal, and 28% of autistic children harm themselves. Music therapy is one of the most effective ways to deal with autism, improve motor skills, behavior, cognition, and self-reliance. It can also help better communication of the sufferer. We have seen that autistic people are more receptive to music and music-related activities. They find it engaging and relaxing at the same time. The therapist uses various techniques based on an individual’s specific issues. As the reactions of autistic people are different, we recommend using professional therapies.
Musical interventions can help reduce alcohol and other harmful substance consumption in people who have grown a habit of them. By engaging emotions, providing motivation, and improving clarity, musical therapy instills self-confidence and gets rid of anxiety or fear. These are the reasons behind a person depending on various intoxicating substances. We can address these addictions by encouraging them to express themselves freely.
Music Therapy for Mental Health Issues
Although musical therapy is effective in treating mental health issues, it is not a standalone therapy for acute medical conditions. It is better to consult a professional psychotherapist before opting for musical therapy. They may also need medications to handle chronic issues like schizophrenia. Your GP or mental health therapist can explain things better, so do not forget to keep them in the loop. However, you can always opt for musical therapy to ensure balance and stability in your life.