Artificial Intelligence Used To Detect Rare Leukemia Type In Japan Japanese doctors have for the first time used artificial intelligence (AI) to detect a type of leukemia, which helped to save a patient’s life as the disease had gone undetected using conventional methods.” itemprop=”description

 

While I think it would be making far-fetched statements to say that doctors risk their jobs (because they don’t in the coming 5-10 years) we need to start getting used to the idea of not just turning to other professional physicians for second opinion- but rather turn to more AI (and big-data based) solutions, especially for rarer conditions.

Some time back I was featured in the Swedish national Dagens Nyheter where I described just this; how we ought to embrace this opportunity to improve the care we give patients and this possibility of diagnosing patients faster and reducing the amount of incorrect treatments given. This would not just save costs and create more opportunities to treat more patients in the developer would but also reduce suffering (and incorrect medication) provided to patients. I think this is a candid example how medical staff (who is essential part of quality assuring and ensuring that patients get the care they deserve) work together with technology to provide world class diagnosis and treatments.

Hopefully the technology will also allow individuals who haven’t had to spend 5-7 years in med school to assist patients in in rural areas with a lower density of physicians (and where access to medical staff and diagnostic equipment is scarcer).

Leukemia patient finally gets diagnose: not by doctors but by Watson