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Artificial Intelligence to Help Physicians Diagnose

A recent article in the New York Times (Feb 11, 2019)1 reports that artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to make a diagnosis in a pediatric population of 600,000 patients. The data involved 101.6 million data points derived from 1,362,559 patient visits from a pediatric hospital in Guangzhou China.2 Machine learning in this study associated common medical disorders with patient complaints and information gathered by the healthcare team of physicians, nurses, and technicians.


1. New York Times Feb 11, 2019, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/11/health/artificial-intelligence-medical-diagnosis.html

2. Huiying Liang et al. “Evaluation and accurate diagnoses of pediatric disease using artificial intelligence,” Nature Medicine (2019), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-018-0335-9

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