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Medical Translation & Artificial Intelligence

[fa icon="calendar"] July 2, 2020 / by Margarita Núñez

AI for Medical Sector

The health sector is increasingly embracing Artificial Intelligence (AI) to boost patient care and improve the health care process. AI tools help caregivers make informed decisions, medical centers attain better outcomes, and patients receive personalized and timelier care. AI applications are evident in various core areas ranging from smart devices to diagnostics as well as health and wellness. Here is how AI plays a role in medical diagnostics and how machine translation can help reach patients in their own language.


Babylon Health, a United Kingdom-based health subscription service, developed a chatbot for diagnosis and prevention of diseases. Such chatbots use speech recognition technologies to compare symptoms reported by the user with a database of diseases. It responds by recommending the right course of action depending on the analysis of reported symptoms, patient circumstances, and patient history.

For instance, if a patient reports flu-like symptoms, the app will advise the patient to get over the counter drugs from a pharmacy. On the contrary, if the user describes severe symptoms, the app may advise a quick visit to the hospital or dialing an emergency hotline. Besides diagnostic features, the app integrates user information from wearable devices to monitor cholesterol levels, heart rate among other vitals.

Data Processing

AI’s ability to access and analyze data from different sources and give correct diagnosis will be of much benefit to both the medical professionals and patients.

Artificial Intelligence technology can combine patient’s information from different sources such as patient’s Electronic Health Records (EHR) and genetics to give more timely suggestions and alerts to the caregivers. In 2017, for instance, the FDA permitted 23andMe to sell direct-to-consumer test that gives genetic risk data for Celiac disease.

AI tools can combine symptoms listed in the EHR such as vomiting or chronic bloating with the knowledge of the DNA variation to alert the medical practitioner of an increased chance of Celiac Disease. AI algorithms input information from various sources such as labs, health records, and genetic tests, among others to allow personalized and timely outputs.

Machine Translation

This is all great if you speak English, but what happens if you don't?

Well this is where the publishers of such software and chat bots need to ensure that for instance the database of diseases is pre translated in order for a patient to be able to get a report or advice in their language.

Translating  medical terms used to take time and cost a lot of money. But with the deployment of neural machine translation into the translation workflow it is now possible to accomplish this faster and cheaper.

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Topics: Medical Translation

Margarita Núñez

Written by Margarita Núñez

Margarita is SimulTrans' Director, Global Marketing. She spearheads SimulTrans' Digital Marketing Strategy by creating, managing, and publishing content for inbound and outbound campaigns across multiple channels. Margarita has more than 25 years of experience in sales and management for the localization industry. She has been involved in many localization organizations, currently serving as a Program Director for Membership for Women in Localization, a non-profit global organization.