Frans van Houten, CEO of Philips, on the future of radiology

Frans van Houten, CEO of Philips, on the future of radiology

by Gus Iversen, Editor in Chief | December 07, 2017
Business Affairs RSNA

FVH: Well, hospitals have been doing 3-D printing for a while using our data sets, we've made it easy and it may become more mainstream — which is good. What do people come for and what are they really interested in other than satisfying their intellectual curiosity? It's really about productivity - and outcomes. Those (AI and 3-D printing) are two technology angles to that statement.

We're seeing AI embedded in the workflow, not as a separate gadget — don't overhaul everything just make it more efficient. That means AI is not a big bang but touches many angles.

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I don't disagree that those are buzzwords that are active now but what I'm happy with is that people are talking about it in a more practical way whereas two years ago it was more of a shadow or a cloud but now people are asking - what will this do for me? That's absolutely the right question.

So, what will we see next year? Well, if today AI is focused on productivity; a better image and a better job done, then tomorrow or whatever -- 12 months from now -- it's going to be more predictive and forward looking. It's exciting and we are already starting to see it in our apps, we can predict how a patient will be doing hours later, in our monitoring we see that, but I think what doctors will need is further synthesis of all the information.

The synthesis of data toward what will be a predictive model, enabling a more meaningful dialogue between doctor and patient.

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