Timely diagnosis can play a crucial role in the effectiveness of the treatment of many diseases, but in the early stages, doctors are often very difficult to distinguish subtle symptoms. Several research groups and technology startups believe that many health problems can be identified by voice.
American startup Canary Speech is developing a method of conversation analysis using machine learning, which is able to identify signs of a number of neurological and cognitive diseases, including Parkinson's disease and dementia. Boston-based company Sonde Health, using the patented technology of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of technology, is trying to develop a program that will help determine patients ' depression, as well as problems with the respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Another development team is working on a technology to diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder from voice recordings. And the Boston-based company Cogito is developing a speech analyzer, which is already used in the us Department of veterans Affairs to determine the mood of the military.
Why it matters. Enables early detection of problems.
Implications for the industry. Focus shift to early diagnosis and preventive medicine. In a few years, it will be possible to monitor health remotely using a smartphone and other gadgets, recording short speech samples and analyzing them on disease markers in real time.