The importance of the service is that it is another toward applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to healthcare. The ability to automate medical record reading and x-ray and MRI analysis could save time for patients as well as physicians. Comprehend can model topics, detect language, conduct sentiment analysis and extract phrases.
In a blog post, AWS said it had to build a version of Comprehend to account for medical terms, anatomy, conditions, medications and various healthcare terms. For instance, AWS had to add a vocabulary for healthcare, train a new API and have code to protect protected health information. While Comprehend Medical can protect health information, the system is HIPAA eligible, but not compliant. HIPAA compliance depends on how an enterprise uses an AWS service. AWS noted:
A word of caution: Amazon Comprehend Medical may not accurately identify protected health information in all circumstances and does not meet the requirements for de-identification of protected health information under HIPAA. You are responsible for reviewing any output provided by Amazon Comprehend Medical to ensure it meets your needs.
Nevertheless, Comprehend Medical could be handy in various use cases. The system does pick up personal identifiable information and flags it. Comprehend Medical is also designed to understand relationships between things like dosage and conditions.
Now that the services used by an enterprise and provided to its customers may be hosted on servers in the public cloud or on-premises, maybe "hybrid cloud" isn't an architecture any more. While that may the case, that's not stopping some in the digital transformation business from proclaiming it a way of work unto itself.