AI Predicts Heart Attacks and Strokes More Accurately Than Standard Doctor’s Method

by Larry Emmott on May 9, 2017

in Diagnostics,Future Tech

From IEEE Spectrum:

Now, in the latest win for AI medicine, researchers at the University of Nottingham in the UK created a system that scanned patients’ routine medical data and predicted which of them would have heart attacks or strokes within 10 years. When compared to the standard method of prediction, the AI system correctly predicted the fates of 355 more patients.

Source: AI Predicts Heart Attacks and Strokes More Accurately Than Standard Doctor’s Method – IEEE Spectrum

Worth reading. This is just the beginning, in the near future all diagnosis will be done by an AI system in the cloud using huge amounts of “Big Data” to compare and evaluate a vast array of diagnostic markers such as a patient’s genome that we do not use now because it is impractical. It will be routine with AI.

The two factors that will stand in the way are concerns about privacy and entrenched incumbents determined to hold on to power.

I can hear it now, “How can some machine in the sky possibly diagnose my patient better than I can with twenty-five years of clinical experience and an intimate knowledge of the individuals. Never diagnose the disease until you know the patient. How can some data base possibly know the patient. Artificial intelligence…poppy cock!”

Sadly the members of the existing establishment who are being displaced rarely accept the new paradigm, they have to retire (or die) before real change can take place.

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