26.10.20235 min
Natalia Pikor-Tarsa
GE HealthCare

Natalia Pikor-TarsaSoftware Quality Assurance EngineerGE HealthCare

IT with a Mission: What It's Like to Create Life-Saving Solutions

Discover how technology is transforming medicine and why working on medical projects is a source of immense satisfaction.

IT with a Mission: What It's Like to Create Life-Saving Solutions

In the dynamic world of modern technology, where our daily lives are saturated with applications, computers, and mobile devices, we often overlook the deeper significance behind lines of code. Behind every algorithm and function, there may be something more profound than a communication app or a shopping platform—it's technology with a mission, the mission to save human lives.

Modern heroes don't always wear capes or uniforms. In the digital era, a hero can be a programmer, a system engineer, or a data analyst whose work impacts critical decisions in the field of medicine.

It's not yet another project

Not long ago, I had the opportunity to join the Command Center team at GE HealthCare. Our work is more than just another project; it's a true mission.

For those unfamiliar with what a Command Center is, it's a state-of-the-art operational center for hospitals. Leveraging advanced technologies, including artificial intelligence, it assists doctors and nurses in optimizing their work, predicts potential complications, and effectively supports medical facility management.

Wondering how it works in practice? Imagine a scenario where a patient arrives at the hospital with a severe head injury. Medical staff are informed almost instantly, and they gain access to crucial information about the patient's health. The patient doesn't wait for hours for tests; they are attended to immediately. This can significantly accelerate diagnosis and the administration of appropriate treatment, potentially translating into increased chances of survival.

Returning to the world of IT, creating such a system is no easy task. Anyone working on such a project knows that their work can directly impact a patient's life. Therefore, working in places like this is not just a challenge; it's a tremendous responsibility and, above all, immense satisfaction.

How technology is applied in medicine?

You probably don't realize how many times technology has influenced your health. Every ultrasound, MRI scan, and CT scan is powered by advanced software created by teams of specialists. Thanks to them, medical diagnostics achieve high levels of accuracy, and doctors have access to tools for more precise diagnosis and treatment.

These individuals develop software that can analyze gigabytes of medical data in a fraction of a second, image recognition algorithms that can detect changes in images that the human eye might miss and systems that support doctors' decisions in critical situations.

Technology is constantly evolving, and with it, the possibilities in the field of medicine. Behind every medical device, every scan, and every diagnosis, there is a human being. In this regard, our "silent heroes" in IT influence our lives every day, even though we rarely realize it. Thanks to them, medicine becomes more advanced, and patients have access to better care.

Will AI be a breakthrough in medicine?

The role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in medicine is intensifying, transforming traditional data analysis methods into more automated and precise processes. Advanced deep learning algorithms can now process and analyze medical images from X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans, identifying nuances and anomalies that could escape the human eye.

One of the latest achievements is the use of neural network technology to analyze DNA sequences, allowing for the identification of specific genetic markers correlated with predispositions to certain diseases. These learning algorithms not only predict potential illnesses but also suggest personalized treatment paths based on a patient's genetics.

In managing medical infrastructure, AI is used to optimize database management systems, forecast resource consumption, and monitor the technical condition of equipment in real-time. Machine learning algorithms are employed to predict equipment failures before they occur.

Although the potential of AI in medicine is enormous, it comes with technical and ethical challenges. Data security, complex network architectures, and the need for continuous model validation are just some of the aspects that require deeper analysis. Nonetheless, technological advancement in artificial intelligence has the potential to revolutionize medicine, ushering in an era of precision diagnostics and therapy.

Why is it worth working on applications like Command Center?

  1. Impact on Society: Unlike many IT roles focused on consumer products or business services, working in this environment allows you to directly impact human lives. Every line of code written, every system optimized, can be a matter of life and death. It's not just about technology; it's primarily about a mission.
  2. Cutting-Edge Technologies: Medical technology is at the forefront of innovation. This provides a unique opportunity to work with the latest technological advancements, including artificial intelligence, deep learning, and real-time data analysis.
  3. Multidisciplinary Collaboration: Such positions often require close collaboration with medical professionals, data specialists, and other experts. This interdisciplinary environment fosters rich experiences and expands perspectives beyond the traditional boundaries of IT.
  4. Continuous Learning: The rapidly evolving nature of medical technology ensures that you are always on the learning curve. Whether it's about new medical procedures, emerging technologies, or regulatory standards, there's always something new to grasp.
  5. Ethical Satisfaction: At the end of the day, a deep sense of fulfillment comes from knowing that your work directly contributes to patient care and potentially saves lives. It's more than just a job; it's a genuine mission.

In conclusion, let technology in the service of medicine be a source of hope rather than concern. Thanks to it, the hospitals of the future, once thought to be only a vision from science fiction films, are becoming our reality. And we, as programmers, testers, managers, and many others, are responsible for this future, contributing each day to building a better tomorrow in medicine.