AI diversifies job opportunities in the IT space

Jessica Fenol, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 07 2017 07:08 PM

MANILA - Human-AI integration has opened a lot of opportunities for medical practitioners to penetrate the world of information technology, a tech company chief said Tuesday. 

“We've employed healthcare professionals. We started hiring doctors - a tech company hiring doctors, think about it. In the future more companies will do these to deal with the AI ecosystem,” IBM Philippines President and Chairman Luisito Pineda said.

IBM runs the Watsons Health analytical platform that uses artificial intelligence to provide services. 

Pineda said the platform can generate research on the different types of oncology treatments in minutes, but the human factor remains the core of the service.

“At the end of the day it is an oncologist who is going to make the decision in what treatment to apply for the patient,” Pineda added.

IBM also started hiring security professionals and even meteorologists to run their weather forecasting platform – including positions that were not needed in IT sector before, Pineda said.

There’s also an increased demand for medical experts in the healthcare outsourcing sector, said Raymond Ang, a trustee of the Healthcare Information Management Association of the Philippines (HIMAP). 

“All these health-care phenomenon came about because of baby boomers, almost 46 percent of adult population of US belong to that group so a lot of care needed,” Ang said.