Ali Parsa

How Artificial Intelligence will Change the Face of Healthcare

Everyone in the world is facing differing degrees of the same issue - the accessibility and affordability of healthcare. For some, the problem is convenience, cost or speed. For others, the issue is more serious with almost 50% of the world having little access to quality healthcare. Yet, four unstoppable trends are coming together to see the creative reconstruction of medicine within the next decade. The result will be a service that is more accessible, effective and democratic, irrespective of where people live. Today, everyone has near equal access to everything that is digital. The same may soon be happening to healthcare, and these trends show why: 1 - Diagnostics is improving at double the rate of Moore’s Law 2 - Information is free and getting smarter 3 - Smartphones and “the internet of everything” will create a global channel of healthcare delivery 4 - Intervention will be unrecognisable

These four trends are melting all that is solid in medicine into air. How it will develop no one can know, but one thing is for sure; a very different model of healthcare delivery is unfolding, and it should make the future of healthcare significantly smarter and better value for everyone.

Ali is an engineer and healthcare entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of babylon, the UK’s leading digital healthcare service. Its purpose is to democratise healthcare by putting an accessible and affordable health service into the hands of every person on earth. In order to achieve this the company is bringing together one of the largest teams of scientists, clinicians, mathematicians and engineers to focus on combining the ever-growing computing power of machines with the best medical expertise of humans to create a comprehensive, immediate and personalised health service and make it universally available. Launched in February 2015, the service now has over 600,000 registered users globally.. babylon’s home grown success has seen the company expand into Europe and Africa in 2016, with a second head office located in Rwanda. Around 120 businesses, including Citigroup, BNY Mellon, LinkedIn and leading employee benefits and health insurance providers have partnered with babylon to offer its services to UK employees. Further, the company has partnered with the NHS to make its services available to the broader UK population. Prior to Babylon, Ali founded Circle and built it within a few years to become Europe's largest partnership of clinicians, with some £200m of revenue, near 3,000 employees and a successful IPO. Earlier, Ali was the recipient of the Royal Award for the Young Entrepreneur of the year for founding his first business, V&G, and the Healthcare Entrepreneurial Achievement Award for establishing Circle. Ali was named by The Times among the 100 global people to watch, and by HSJ among the 50 most influential people in healthcare. Ali is the UK Cabinet Office Ambassador for Mutuals and has a PhD in Engineering Physics.

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