Microsoft Unboxed: Tech & Healthcare (Ep. 35)
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Microsoft Unboxed: Tech & Healthcare (Ep. 35)


>>Welcome to Microsoft Unboxed. [MUSIC].>>I’m one of your hosts
Sonia Dara and I’m joined by my very good friend Colleen O’Brien.>>Hello world.>>Every week we’re
telling stories of Microsoft technology and about the
people behind that technology. We have a theme for every week’s
episode and this week’s theme is.>>Tech and Healthcare.>>But before we dive in, please remember to
subscribe to the show, just hit the red button right
below this video and every week, Thursdays 9:00 AM Pacific, you’ll get notified when we have
a fresh new episode for you. [MUSIC]>>This week’s topic definitely hit’s close to home I
think for both of us.>>It’s near and dear to our hearts. So Sonia’s mom was
previously a nurse, my mom is still in nursing, and we’ve seen firsthand
how important it is that healthcare professionals have
access to accurate results, leveraging technology
that’s trustworthy, and works really quickly to enable them to take care of their patients.>>Exactly. We’re both
going to have stories around technology in the
healthcare industry. So mine is going to be around Case Western Reserve
University and their use of quantum computing to
fight cancer using a new technique called magnetic
resonance fingerprinting.>>Wow. This sounds like
years beyond that like heavy tablet that my physician would bring into my
annual appointment.>>Yeah. So someone with cancer, the road is long, exhausting, and incredibly scary. They have to go through
multiple treatment options to target the specific
type of cancer they have. They’ll spend months
wondering if the treatment is working even before they
can see on your results. Especially chemotherapy,
it’s incredibly toxic to patients and finding out they worked for patients is incredibly important. So the quicker you can
find out they’re working, all the efficacy of these
treatments is critical. So we’re going to meet Dr. Mark Griswold at Case
Western Reserve University. He’s pioneering a new way to
look at cancer treatment with a technique he has
been developing with Microsoft’s quantum computing team. So this new technology
as I mentioned is called Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting or MRF as I’m going to refer to it, and it’s made possible by
quantum inspired algorithms. So I’m going to focus on MRF
and why it’s better than MRIs. MRF operates under this premise that each tissue has its own fingerprint, and that fingerprint can be identified through this new
approach compared to MRIs. So today with standard
MRI technology, a patient needs to be on a
specific type of chemotherapy for up to six months before a doctor can accurately determine whether
the treatment is working. [MUSIC]>>That is such a long time.>>Six months. So you can
imagine you’re sitting there, you’re also enduring pain and
wondering if it’s working. So now, thanks to MRF
and Dr. Mark Griswold, and other doctors at Case
Western Reserve University, they are able to determine
whether treatments are effective after just
one dose of chemo. Which means patients
could know within a week if the treatment
is right for them. [MUSIC]>>This is so great.>>Six months to a week, it’s amazing. Aside from verifying
treatment success, it also increases the precision
of scans by almost 30 percent. So that means significantly
less time that a patient would have to
spend in an MRI machine. [MUSIC]>>That is very cool. Being in those MRI machines,
actually claustrophobic.>>Yeah, claustrophobic.>>The anxiety,
everything, the pressure.>>The fact that they can do
that more quickly is awesome. I have had to have an MRI before and it’s a very anxiety
inducing process. You’re in a very compact space
I felt super claustrophobic, the machine around you is
making a lot of noise, I just imagine that that
process can be made so much better for patients
with this new technology. [MUSIC]>>So these advanced scans can help healthcare providers detect
cancers as well and other diseases earlier and develop better
treatments for those conditions and potentially avoid more
invasive procedures that might have to be used. So yeah, it’s helping leaps and
bounds especially for some of those patients who have to do six months of chemo to find
out if it doesn’t work, they can find out within
a week and they can quickly pivot and find
something that works.>>Well done Dr Griswold.>>Amazing.>>I’m going to take
us from Cleveland, and our technology focus
is going to be on AI. There’s the startup called Airdoc, and it’s created this AI
driven system that analyzes images taken of your retina
at the back of your eye. Did you ever go to
the eye doctor before all of these technological
advancement?>>The person would be
right up your face.>>So close.>>Blow the air. [MUSIC]>>Using the data from these
pictures of your retina, they’re looking for signs of a
multitude of chronic illnesses, not only in your eye, but throughout your body. So there are indicators
in your retina that might hint at diseases like diabetes, hypertension, optic
nerve disease, and more. That little retina can
say a lot more about your body.So Airdoc’s process
is very straightforward. You sit down in front
of a small device, similar to the one that you’re optometrists might use like
your little chin there, you place your head
on a padded brace, and then AI gently adjusts the angle of your
head to make sure it’s capturing the right image.Then
in the blink of an eye.>>Did you just pun me?>>I punned you. [MUSIC]>>It takes an image of the
retina in your left and right eye and sends it to
the Cloud where they’re analyzed and sent
back with the results it near real-time. Super fast. So Airdoc will then send that image
to your smart phone along with a list of any of these diseases that you might be particularly
susceptible to, and any recommendation that you might want to see a doctor about
the stage that you’re in.>>I can imagine if you’re getting
a lot of that information and maybe it’s heavy
information and negative, you’re like, “Okay,
what do I do now?” It can be overwhelming, it’s nice that it gives you that next step and preventative it sounds like.>>Yes. Early detection is really important for a lot
of these diseases, so this technology is
getting ahead of it.>>That’s awesome. Are they
doing anything to scale this so they can reach more people? [MUSIC]>>Great minds. Airdoc is looking to widen its reach
and to help more people. A major retail chain has installed the scanner at 200 of its stores. So you can sit down at that
little chin rest and have your retinal images sent
to someone with expertise.>>That’s awesome.>>The retail shop
has these machines in 200 of its retail
locations right now, but plans to increase that to
1,200 in the coming years. Airdoc is also in the process of developing a visor similar to like a VR headset that could
regularly conduct scans and help doctors keep track of how a patient’s treatment
is progressing. Expanding access to this technology from 200 to 1,200 locations is great, but having a mobile device will make that accessible
to even more people.>>So whether it’s quantum inspired algorithms that are helping with cancer treatments or AI
helping with retinal imaging, technology in the healthcare industry is incredibly important and I was really interested
in hearing how it’s helping everyone
become more efficient, and quicker, and more effective
in all their treatments. So those are some heavy topics. How about we answer some questions
from the box. Are you ready? [MUSIC]>>Let’s get enough with a
little outside of the box.>>Okay. Outside the box, Colleen has 30 seconds
to answer a question. She’s never seen them before. Would you rather have
one real life get out of jail free card or have a key that
opens any door in the world? [MUSIC]>>Hands down, key that
open any door in the world. [MUSIC]>>What doors would you want to open? [MUSIC]>>I don’t know. I feel like
this would also need to be coupled with an invisibility cloak because as soon as I get in there, someone’s going to kick me out.>>Why is it Colleen O’Brien
in this safe in Switzerland?>>I’d have a new like
after hours lifestyle. [MUSIC]>>Yeah. I mean, you could
use the key to get out of jail if you’ve ever gone to jail
so that could be two in one.>>I don’t know, it’s too much power. What is the weirdest
or most unique feature you’d put in your dream house? [MUSIC]>>Okay. Not going to lie
the first thing that jumps to my mind was a Nacho station.>>It’s like it’s not
an architectural, it is just an area for Nachos. [MUSIC]>>In addition to the Nacho machine, I think a way to get from parts
of the house so either they could actually Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory, like air tubes, or like a bulb that could be fun.>>A ball pit would
be fun.>>I think I’m all right.>>Thank you.>>So that about wraps it
up for Outside The Box. If you have any questions that
you’d like to submit for the box, please make sure you
comment on the video below, and while you’re down there.>>Subscribe to our channel.>>If you’re looking for
more Sonia and Colleen, please feel free to follow us on social media or check
us out on our podcast, Women in Business and Technology. You can find all of the links to your favorite podcasting
apps at wibt.com.>>That does it for
this week’s episode.>>See you later. Healthcare.>>Nacho machine, what else?>>You don’t even want an area,
you want a nacho machine.>>I want multiple. [MUSIC].

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