Software that can analyse medical data and diagnose conditions is coming. Could it do better than a doctor?
Open to misinterpretation (Image: Mehmed Zelkovic/Getty)
IT’S a case of diagnosis without doctors. Software could soon be working out what’s wrong with you based only on medical data.
Machines have already transformed healthcare. MRI scanners can peer inside the body, for example, and blood samples are analysed automatically, but human skill has always been an integral part of the process: a scan reveals a shadow – the oncologist recognises its significance. But doctors are often busy and overworked; they can make mistakes or. If computers could understand health on their own terms, perhaps they could speed up diagnosis and even make it more accurate.
Central to the new approach are advances in machine learning – the way software can be trained to recognise important features in an image, for example. It’s a powerful tool, but generally the software requires a lot of virtual hand-holding …
This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service – if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.