Music is said to be the strongest medication, and most of us will agree wholeheartedly. MediMusic, based in Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England, seeks to merge healthcare and music technology in order to achieve effective healing results. The organization claims that they were able to relieve pain and anxiety by using AI-crafted playlists tailored to patients.
MediMusic is a Hull-based business with big plans to use music technology to improve healthcare. It claims to be able to relieve anxiety and pain by using artificial intelligence to create playlists tailored to each individual patient. MediMusic has developed algorithms, according to the company’s founder Gary Jones, that generate a playlist of up to 400 tracks designed to have a measurable effect on a patient.
According to Founder Gary Jones, the company has created algorithms that curate playlists of up to 400 songs, each with a custom-designed and personalized impact that is measured for the patient. “They put on the headphones, listen to the music, and over time, their heart rate, blood pressure, and the output of the stress hormone cortisol would all decrease,” he explained.
The patient wears a wrist-worn heart rate monitor, which records the physiological effects of music on the patient. According to MediMusic, the Digital Drip system uses machine learning to keep track of and replace tracks that don’t produce the desired outcome.
The NHS has taken notice and is putting the technology to the test in hospitals.
MediMusic’s technology has been used for dementia patients, according to Dr. Jacqueline Twamley, innovation manager at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr. Twamley has stated that there have been observable results such as reduced cortisol levels and a lower heart rate, in addition to emotional reactions.
Patients with dementia have a heart rate reduction of up to 22%, which may result in substantial drug cost savings in some cases.
The question is whether AI-generated playlists are more powerful than those assembled by humans. According to Gary Jones, research shows that playlists created on your own do not induce the same physical responses as playlists created by professionals, such as heart rate reduction, and that the technology can be administered to both patients and medical professionals.
For the time being, further research is needed, and healthcare providers will almost certainly want to see more data before investing in this technology. Is there, however, any evidence that an AI-designed playlist is more successful than simply playing the patient’s favorite songs?
Gary Jones is adamant that his device can be recommended to both patients and exhausted medical professionals, despite studies showing that your own choice of music does not actually reduce your heart rate.
Artificial intelligence is being touted as having the potential to save a lot of money in a variety of industries. However, before investing in systems like this, healthcare professionals would need a lot more evidence on the beneficial effects of music.