Healthcare Technology for Improved Insights and Outcomes
Globally, healthcare systems are facing a massive rise in chronic conditions and experiencing increased pressure on costs. Everyone in the healthcare delivery chain—from pharmaceutical companies to clinicians to physicians and patients—is looking for ways to deliver a more efficient healthcare system and better patient outcomes.
Innovations in healthcare technology can help transform healthcare from reactive to proactive. Arm provides cost-effective, foundational technology for secure, low-power, high-performance electronic devices across healthcare to help improve patient outcomes and people’s lives.
Healthcare today is primarily based on face-to-face doctor-patient interactions, with the burden resting heavily on the patient. Patients with chronic diseases must monitor their own vitals and look for abnormalities that might trigger a call to a physician, or worse yet, an emergency visit costing the healthcare system tens of thousands of dollars.
Now device manufacturers can develop small, battery-powered monitors, smart patches, and even inhalers that incorporate machine learning within the device; this innovation allows healthcare diagnosis, delivery, or monitoring to take place remotely. Whether an off-the-shelf device or a custom System-on-Chip (SoC), Arm and our global ecosystem of partners provide everything required, including robust processing power in a small footprint, for devices that are transforming lives.
Learning from Interventions
When clinicians prescribe medications, patients may choose not to take the medicine or take it incorrectly. Often poor adherence to a prescription isn’t caught until something goes wrong, however, technology can help with early intervention and Arm provides the compute power needed for an effective closed-loop system that empowers patients, doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and family members. By processing data in real time, modern diagnostic devices and healthcare solutions can provide meaningful insights to help improve patient outcomes.
Population Health to Personalized Medicine
Allowing more people to be genetically sequenced at lower cost provides the insight needed for faster medical diagnoses and more reliable drug development. However, equipment is getting smaller, and sequencing technology in the doctor’s office demands low power, and even battery-powered solutions.
Arm partners are using algorithms to drive further performance optimizations, drastically increasing computing speed and scale for genomic sequencing, so medical analysis and treatment can be tailored to a specific individual. These advances are made possible by ultra-fast, ultra-low power CPUs, such as the Arm Cortex-A processors, as well as Arm Mali graphics processors and machine learning on Arm platforms.
Physical and Emotional Human Assistance
Robotics can play a critical role in healthcare in areas like precision surgery, elder care, and emotional companionship. Surgical robots, for example, are ideal for complex, invasive procedures where extreme motion control is required.
The level of complexity and compute in these applications is diverse, covering both decision-making faculties and precise motion. The combination of scalable, real-time Arm technology, including our Safety Ready Portfolio and a vibrant ecosystem of partners enable these evolving robotics applications, whilst ensuring the highest levels of safety for patients and healthcare professionals.
Machine Learning at the Edge
Given the mountains of healthcare data created around the world, the medical industry is already exploring the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technology to help with complex decision making and treatment plans.
Not only do systems such as DeepMind or IBM Watson give doctors AI support to offer better care, but battery-powered medical devices deployed at the infrastructure edge increasingly use AI systems, with ML capabilities, from blood pressure monitors to autoinjectors to mobile phones with multiple data sources—all connecting to the electronic patient record.
Embedded ML in Asthma Inhalers
Respiro is the world’s first commercial inhaler to effectively monitor inhalation technique and frequency, and the patient’s handling of the inhaler, providing in-depth data to both doctor and patient.
Arm Cortex-M processors and Arm-powered machine learning (ML) algorithms lie behind this life-saving piece of technology.
Life-Saving Water Testing Technology
Every day, more than 2,000 people die from water-borne infections globally. Waterscope’s inexpensive water testing microscopes are capable of identifying bacterial presence quickly and easily, helping communities in Tanzania and India to reduce the impact of contamination.
Heart Attack-Detecting AI
Artificial intelligence (AI) from Danish start-up, Corti is helping emergency dispatch staff make life-saving decisions by detecting critical illnesses in real time. By analyzing the words, sounds, and breathing patterns from the call, dispatchers can be prompted to ask the right questions that could accelerate vital CPR treatment.
Learn more about how Arm and our partners are revolutionizing healthcare.
Cortex-M Processor Series
The Cortex-M processor series from Arm is the smallest and lowest power processors that enable wearable sensors and implantable chips; they provide the computing power to run real-time machine learning algorithms.
Cortex-R Processor Series
The Cortex-R processor series is designed for implementation on advanced silicon processes where high-performance, real-time, and cost-effective processing is required. Cortex-R processors are used in electronic systems that must be functionally safe to avoid hazardous situations, such as automotive applications.
Cortex-A Processor Series
The Cortex-A processor series powers more advanced user experiences and richer interfaces, and provides the high-performance computing needed for complex healthcare applications like genomic sequencing.
Software and Tools for Microcontrollers
The combination of Arm Keil MDK and Mbed provides a platform for building and deploying IoT and AI applications.
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