We live at a wonderful age nowadays. What was the plot of a science fiction animation movie just two years ago is now a reality. The movie Big 6 was about a robot that could predict disease and the idea seemed far fetched at the time, which again was just two years ago. Just last month however, researchers were able to create an artificial intelligence that can read through medical data and predict with an impressive degree of accuracy any risk of heart problems to occur in the next 10 years.
- The researchers from the University of Nottingham developed the system because of an existing issue with predicting heart attacks and strokes. In fact nearly half of all those diagnosed with heart attacks and strokes have never been suspected to be at risk of having them by their doctors. The research and development that led to the creation of the system involved over 10 years of data concerning people’s health results, drug statistics, hospital logs and demographic information.
- The Artificial Intelligence went through 3 quarters of the information and accurately drew a model of the profiles of patients who experienced strokes. This model was then used on the remaining quarter of the data to see if the AI was able to find those who would eventually experience heart attacks or strokes.
- The results were impressive as the AI passed all the standard measurements with excellent numbers, so excellent in fact that the researchers concluded that the AI is now reportedly much faster and more accurate than a doctor when it comes to diagnosis, prevention and prediction.
This type of AI can now help addressing underlying risks of heart disease and provide exposed subject to the right kind of preventative care.
If it becomes popular, this method will rejoin many other AIs that help in medicine nowadays. However, critical attention must be paid in these cases to issues surround the cyber safety of data collected by these systems in case of public use in hospitals and clinics.