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Microsoft Unboxed: Tech & Healthcare (Ep. 35)

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>> 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 bodySo 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 imageThen 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 wibtcom >> 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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