Good news: Artificial intelligence can predict human mortality
If you thought robots were taking over the world before now, get ready for more fun. Robots now know more about you and your own mortality. According to a recent report, scientists have figured out a way for artificial intelligence (AI) to outpace human doctors in medical research. Scientists have noticed AI spots cancer, but it is also now better at predicting human mortality. If you’re a little scared, that’s okay. You’re not alone.
The research, conducted by Dr. Luis Eduardo Juarez-Orozco of the Turku PET Centre in Finland, concluded that AI can (and will) work hand-in-hand with medical professionals to predict severe life-threatening illnesses before they even occur. Can you imagine the possibility? Robots could predict if you’re going to have cancer before you’re even near a diagnosis. Robots could predict if you’re going to have a heart attack. It seems impossible, but Juarez-Orozco says nothing is impossible for AI.
About the research
During the study, Juarez-Orozco trained an AI machine learning algorithm on a data set of nearly 1,000 patients, spanning six years for each patient. The data included dozens of variables, in which the machine had to draw correlations between various instances of death and heart attacks with other data on heart and blood flow readings. “The algorithm progressively learns from the data and after numerous rounds of analyses, it figures out the high dimensional patterns that should be used to efficiently identify patients who have the event,” said Juarez-Orozco. “The result is a score of individual risk.”
Each variable was then taken into account the predictive accuracy of the AI machine to likely anticipate a heart-related event or death. The system managed to have a predictive score of around 90 percent, which has been proven to be better than most doctors to predict certain illnesses for their patients. Unlike robots, doctors have to collect more information about patients to calculate their health. That doesn’t happen with AI. “We found that machine learning can integrate this data and accurately predict individual risk,” Juarez-Orozco said. “This should allow us to personalize treatment and ultimately lead to better outcomes for patients.” That’s what we always want, right? Better results for patients?
AI in healthcare
Healthcare professionals have been talking about the advantages of using AI in healthcare practices for years, but what are they? Why should doctors and medical researchers use AI in their research? As professionals claim, AI has a transformative power across many industries, not just healthcare businesses, and its impact is life changing. Through hospital care, clinical research, drug testing and more, AI applications are changing how professionals gather information, thus improving overall patient outcomes.
Artificial intelligence robots gather information at a much faster pace than any human, which can be used for precise surgeries and diagnoses. In addition, AI could help cut costs, improve treatment plans, and help doctors learn results more quickly. According to Kaveh Safavi, head of Accenture’s global health practice, AI will pave a path to unlocking previous limitations in health and medicine. What doctors thought they couldn’t do in the past isn’t “impossible” anymore.
“It [AI] does bring a particular tool into the dialogue that was never before available,” Safavi said. According to experts, AI could improve the access, affordability, and effectiveness of medical research in healthcare, similar to how AI could work with other industries. While consumers won’t necessarily notice any changes to the healthcare system at first, mostly because AI is used mostly behind the scenes, you would be benefiting from the tools without even knowing about it. When AI predicts your diagnoses and own mortality, that concerns you. You can receive a treatment plan much faster than before, which is always good news. So, whether you like robots or not, they’re involved in your health, and it’s time to welcome them into your lives.