How Can Machine Learning Contribute to Our Wellness?

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The topic of machine learning in healthcare is a very well covered one, especially here on insideBIGDATA, with a treasure trove of opinions, news, and interviews.

However, what if we add to this and take a more holistic approach to health, describing it as more than just the “absence of illness?”

Wellness is a somewhat elusive concept, defined by the WHO as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Can machine learning contribute to our wellness?









It Does Start with the Absence of Illness

Health does feature prominently in the overall wellness of a person for the simple reason that being free of illness is the main prerequisite. In other words, suffering from a disease of some kind will trump everything else you do for your wellness.

There is no doubt that machine learning has established its role in healthcare with its capabilities. From the vaunted use of machine learning in the oncological field, through its use in dealing with rare diseases, to improving Alzheimer’s diagnosis, the current and future uses of machine learning in treating illnesses are numerous.

Another important health-related use for machine learning, which also …

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