A supercomputer capable of detecting whether a patient will die in
hospital has been developed in Boston.
Doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center claim results generated
by the machine are accurate: “We can predict with almost a 96%
confidence that these patients will have this probability of dying –
so, the computer says you’re gonna die, you’re probably going to die in
the next 30 days,” project leader Dr Steven Horng told BBC News.
The supercomputer uses artificial intelligence to determine your fate
in hospital, but also to work out conditions before the doctor has even
Every three minutes the machine monitors the patient, measuring and
collecting data on everything from oxygen levels to their blood
The system also gathers data on their medical history and all the
medication they’ve taken which are compared with more than 250,000
people’s medical data from the last 30 years. Doctors believe
this should help identify the quickest possible diagnosis, thereby
speeding up treatment.
On the surface, the technology appears to pose a threat to human jobs
but Horng argues that the supercomputer will actually help doctors
perform their work better.
“Our goal is not to replace the clinician,” he explained. “This
artificial intelligence is really about augmenting a doctor’s ability
to take care of patients.”
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has previously used similar
medical tech innovations using Google Glass to look through patient