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Artificial Intelligence Predicts Death 9 Out of 10 Times

Artificial Intelligence Predicts Death 9 Out of 10 Times
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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 01:41 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Nine times out of 10, an artificial intelligence (AI) program can accurately predict whether a seriously ill hospital patient will die within 3 to 12 months.[1]

This tool could play a significant role in improving the quality of life for patients and their families. Currently, roughly 80 percent of Americans would prefer to die at home (if possible). But only 20 percent do. Instead, 60 percent die in hospitals and 20 percent in nursing homes.[2]

Perhaps even more significant, less than half of terminally ill patients currently receive palliative care. According to PalliativeCare.org, "This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family." Rather than spending their final months receiving expensive and often uncomfortable treatments designed to prolong life, patients can spend their time with families and loved ones.[3]

More testing will be needed before this protocol can be implemented, but it is yet another indication of the potential for technology to reshape healthcare practices.

Several earlier Numbers of the Day have addressed healthcare topics:

Footnotes:

  1. NBC News, "AI can predict when we'll die — here's why that's a good thing," February 03, 2018
  2. Stanford School of Medicine, "Where do Americans die?" accessed February 6, 2018

GetPalliativeCare.org, "What Is Palliative Care?" accessed February 6, 2018

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