Artificial Intelligence (AI) is proving to be a valuable asset in helping humanity tackle the opioid crisis, manage pain and safeguard patient data, and healthcare providers are always looking for new possibilities for utilizing AI technology.

Dr. Vincent Grasso, IPsoft’s healthcare practice lead, recently authored an op-ed for the UK-based Health Tech Digital examining a new AI use case: helping to end the global obesity epidemic. In the post titled “Can Conversational AI Solve the Obesity Crisis?”, Dr. Grasso lays the groundwork for how AI can be deployed to assist healthcare professionals and their patients with managing this condition.

“Obesity is a preventable disease of clinical and public health importance. Responsible for more than 30,000 deaths each year in the UK, it contributes to serious conditions including Type 2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain cancers, including breast, prostate and colon,” Dr. Grasso writes.

Dr. Grasso says AI can be leveraged for more frequent communication via conversational AI, as well as personalized health plans created by cognitive systems.

“We all know that change happens when people are committed: but it’s still hard to make big life changes without regular and appropriate support,” Dr. Grasso explains. “Doctors and nurses just don’t have the capacity to deliver the frequent touchpoints needed to nudge people towards healthier behaviours. But by using conversational AI, we can help keep people engaged in their weight loss programme, share helpful tips to help them achieve their goals, and provide doctors with more information so they can further personalise health plans to empower individuals’ success.”

For more of Dr. Grasso’s thoughts on AI and obesity, be sure to read his op-ed in its entirety.

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