Artificial Intelligence Learning To Assist In Picking IVF Embryos

( — The future of fertility medical help could be rooted in artificial intelligence. Right now, 2% of all U.S. infants are conceived with the help of fertility treatments, and medical professionals are finding themselves overwhelmed with the increasing demands.

Several different health tech companies are working on new and innovative ways to incorporate machine learning and AI into key fertility areas. Two areas where new technology is being used are embryo selection and ovary stimulation. Ovarian stimulation is the part of IVF where healthy eggs are harvested to be inseminated outside the woman’s body. Embryo selection is where the fertilized eggs are evaluated, and the best and most viable are selected for implantation.

Fertility doctor Eduardo Hariton says that AI-based software can use data from patients with similar characteristics to predict the lowest dose needed for medications that would lead to the most eggs being extracted. Lower dosages are both cost-effective and healthier for the patient. In embryo selection, AI tools could help with identifying the best quality embryos without having a biopsy or genetic tests, which could lead to lower IVF costs and healthier pregnancies. Demand for effective, affordable, and accessible fertility is only increasing, so AI-assisted assessments could make a big difference in how many patients can be helped.

AI software developed by Alife Health is now being used in 15 American fertility clinics. Alife’s tools are powered by over one-third of all IVF patient data in the country, thanks to partnerships with private clinics. Their machine-learning products help fertility doctors with a variety of IVF operations, like embryo grading and making suggestions for optimal ovary stimulation.

Several other medical tech companies are also getting into the fertility business. Companies like Oova, Embryonics, Life Whisperer, AIVF, Fairtility, and ImVitro are working hard to develop their own AI software for fertility care. With more and more companies offering fertility benefit packages to their employees, better, faster, and cheaper services will be in great demand over the coming years.

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