AI in healthcare

AI healthcare Agency Consulting firm Experts Specialists Consultancy

Maximize your data’s value by developing an impactful healthcare AI

With over 30 years of experience working with the key decision makers in the healthcare industry, we support our clients in their AI projects, from its usage in R&D phases and data strategies, up through the deployment of new AI-based solutions (such as predictive medicine, personalized medicine, AI-based diagnostics and therapies, robot companions, computer assisted surgery, prevention tools, and others).

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    The challenges related to AI in healthcare

    The digitization of the healthcare field for both public and private actors and the development of e-health and connected devices has enabled the generation of enormous amounts of health data. These new unprecedented quantities of data have led to a boom in applications of artificial intelligence in healthcare, and thereby offer immense possibilities in the medical field. Such applications can drive forward the improvement of precision, speed, and performance of diagnostics, optimization of resource allocation (hospital beds, medications, medical material), acceleration of medical research to discover new treatments or detect certain diseases, and more.

    Additionally, the development of LLMs (large language models), and more specifically of transformer models (marked by the release of ChatGPT in November 2022), could be the start of a revolution in healthcare. Indeed, transformers are capable of predicting complex relationships within phrases and improving their performances in natural language processing (NLP) tasks such as document classification, sentiment analysis, automatic translation, response to questions, and synthesis.

    In the healthcare domain, this translates into a better prediction and accuracy in diagnoses, a widespread automation of routine tasks (medical coding, computer data entry, etc.), and the acceleration of precision medicine, for example by aiding in the design of therapeutic strategies (dosage, medication routine, etc.) for each patient. In the context of these possibilities, the development of AI is becoming an unavoidable issue for the healthcare industry.

    However, developing an effective and ethical medical AI will face numerous challenges:

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      How we support you in your projects related to AI in healthcare

      With over 30 years of experience in working with healthcare companies, Alcimed is particularly well positioned for exploring the unknown territory of artificial intelligence in healthcare. We support numerous players in life sciences, including:

      • Pharmaceutical industry players such as Sanofi, Pierre Fabre, Merck, MSD, Takeda, Roche, and others
      • Medical device industry players such as bioMérieux, BD, J&J, and others
      • Institutional and academic players such as hospitals, regional health agencies, research centers, and others
      • Innovation players and project managers, e-health start-ups, technology transfer accelerators, and others

      The diversity of our clients (industry players, HealthTechs, academics, institutions), the geographical areas we explore, and the types of projects we carry out give us a global and in-depth understanding of the issues linked to artificial intelligence in the medical field.

      Our projects cover diverse subjects including defining AI and data strategies, searching for AI partners and suppliers, building value propositions or business cases, supporting the development or launching of AI solutions, carrying out state-of-the-arts or prospective studies, and many others!

      Examples of recent projects carried out for our clients in AI in healthcare

      • Improvement of the medical communication of a pharmaceutical laboratory by detecting weak signals via queries

        One of our clients, a leading pharmaceutical company, wanted to anticipate elements of their medical communication by developing a tool that could help detect week signals in text databases.

        As a first step, Alcimed determined the use cases that enabled the definition of specifications.

        Our team then collected, cleaned, and structured the data, before developing natural language processing (NLP) algorithms to visually highlight the weak signals analyzed by the tool.

      • Organization of a board of experts to discuss the usage of AI in dermatology

        One of our clients, a dermatology laboratory, wanted to define their strategic roadmap in cancer prevention. To do so, they wanted to organize a board of experts in order to:

        • Reflect on building a consensus around the place of AI tools in improving skin cancer diagnoses
        • Identify the means for promoting the usage of such a tool amongst healthcare professionals

        We supported our client in organizing and leading this board, and particularly in the definition and selection of the profiles of participants, whether from medical (dermatologists) or technical (AI researchers) backgrounds.

      • Recommendation on positioning of a leading electronics company on the AI market for analyzing medical images

        One of our clients, a world leader in providing technical solutions, wanted to reinforce their position in the healthcare sector.

        To do so, they wanted to better understand the issues related to AI-based analysis of images in order to identify the opportunities in this market, the main players present, the needs and expectations of clients, and to thereby find a unique and differentiating position that responds to the segment’s expectations.

        To do so, Alcimed first characterized the market of AI-based medical image analysis by mapping out the key challenges and analyzing the market’s value chain. Afterward, our team identified the market’s value sources and analyzed two major use cases.

        Finally, we established recommendations for whether or not our client should become involved in this segment of the market.

      • Definition of a strategy for data acquisition for an AI initiative in the diabetes field

        One of our clients, a leading pharmaceutical company, wanted to explore the potential for external patient data from the United States and Germany for an artificial intelligence initiative in the diabetes field.

        As a first step, Alcimed provided an understanding of the primary owners of public and private data in the concerned countries. These owners were then classified by our team in terms of volume, quality, relevance and accessibility of data.

        Based on these criteria, we prioritized certain data owners as potential partners for our client and, together with our client, co-defined a primary strategy for acquisition of data for this specific study.

      • Supporting an institutional player in developing its AI ambition for R&D activities and associated strategic roadmap

        Alcimed worked with an institutional player to define a global roadmap and identify partners in line with the company’s AI and machine learning (ML) ambitions for its R&D activities, in terms of application needs and used technologies.

        Based on an internal investigation and interviews, we conducted an in-depth analysis to enrich our client’s initial mapping of internal needs and AI/ML applications, and provided a first level of characterization based on key criteria (feasibility, data availability, complexity of implementation, maturity, cost, etc.) to then prioritize use cases and their solutions. We collaborated closely to delineate short-term, mid-term, and long-term activities aligned with our client’s ambitions. Based on these defined activities, we conducted additional research to assess the relevance of potential partners (based on adequacy with envisaged solutions, adaptability, experience, etc.).

        In the end, we conducted a thorough assessment to gain better insights into our client’s internal needs, particularly focusing on the demand for more sophisticated tools. Through this process, we developed a clear roadmap outlining the implementation steps for specific tools, supplemented with recommendations on potential partners.

      • Creation of the PoC of a data visualization dashboard leveraging AI for a biotech company

        Alcimed supported a biotechnological start-up in developing an AI-powered dashboard for interpreting experimental results, transforming user queries into informative graphs for intuitive data analysis.

        We conducted thorough research to identify the most suitable tools for platform development, including libraries and existing open-source projects, and then developed and tested the solution’s backend to ensure functionality and reliability. We crafted the graphical elements of the dashboard, aligning them with the client’s graphic charter for cohesive branding and user experience.

        In the end, our team developed a useful interface that allowed to enhance our client’s R&D processes, offering valuable insights in a user-friendly format. This interface was not only intended to serve internal purposes but also to showcase a visually appealing aspect, impressing potential investors and clients and leaving a lasting impression.

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