Artificial intelligence (AI) and data should be used to improve the healthcare sector, believes Archana Arakkal. As a thought leader in the AI and data space, her job involves providing clients in the finance sector with innovative solutions based on emerging technologies. She is also a PhD fellow at the world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology and cofounder of a grassroots community initiative called SisonkeBiotik. The community of researchers, practitioners and enthusiasts aims to bridge the gap between healthcare and technology practitioners with the goal of using technology and machine learning to improve healthcare across the continent. Her ultimate goal is to see the continent-wide adoption of AI, something she believes can provide solutions for the betterment of the healthcare sector as a whole. Considering Arakkal and her team have already helped a mine reduce fatalities by 67% using AI, it’s not hard to imagine that her goal is within reach.
The greatest lesson I have ever learned is that the most powerful visionaries and pioneers take risks, and they back ideas before they are widely acceptable.