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July 2018, Vol. 6, No. 3

Use of AI in healthcare seen saving lives of patients

The use of AI in healthcare, like in many industries, battles a certain amount of hype that inflates the potential of the technology. But there are real success stories and innovative ideas for what AI algorithms could accomplish, including clinical approaches that potentially save patients' lives. The National Health Service (NHS), the public healthcare system in the U.K., seems primed to take advantage of AI applications in hospitals and clinics. British Prime Minister Theresa May recently called upon the NHS and high tech community to push forward on AI research as a way to detect cancer cases earlier. Plans are for 50,000 people in the U.K. to receive early diagnosis each year with the help of AI and big data detection techniques for prostate, lung, ovarian and bowel cancers, with the goal of saving 20,000 lives annually by 2033. Meanwhile, a variety of studies indicate progress with the use of AI in healthcare for diagnostic purposes: A simple drop of blood may be enough for AI to perform 50,000 diagnostic assays, according...

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