Google is working on a new project called Medical Brain. As part of the project, a team of Google researchers wants to develop an AI that can predict what is the likelihood that a person will die from a particular disease.

Medical Prediction Machine

However, not everything is so gloomy: the Medical Brain project, deployed by Google, should help clinicians at an early stage of the disease predict the likelihood of recovery, the next hospitalization or, in the worst case, death of their patients.

The company plans to develop various types of artificial intelligence to analyze the clinical pictures of various diseases – oncological, cardiological, eye diseases, and skin diseases.

Comprehensive examination

“About 80 percent of the time a doctor spends examining a patient is spent on the resource-intensive search for documents and their analysis,” says Nigam Shah, a professor at Stanford University who works on artificial intelligence as part of the Google project.

If AI could take over this function, answer the question: “Doctor, what will happen to me?” it would be much easier.

Artificial intelligence: Google wants to learn how to predict death
Artificial intelligence can predict whether a disease will lead to death

The Medical Brain software will be loaded with all data of the patient’s medical record, including in unreadable formats (handwritten text, images in PDF). Based on their analysis, AI will be able to make a prediction about the further course of the disease: whether it will result in recovery, complications or death.

In addition, the project team plans to take into account other data, up to the weather at the location of the clinic or the physical activity of the patient, which can be recorded by a simple Android smartphone.

The inevitable problem of medical secrecy

For its research, Google collected 46 billion patient records from two American hospitals in Chicago and San Francisco. They have been loaded into the software.

Despite the fact that all data was anonymized, Google’s new breakthrough in the development of artificial intelligence has gained not only its supporters, but also opponents. “Companies like Google could get a monopoly on the use of patients’ personal data,” Bloomberg news agency is concerned.

However, too little is known about the project yet to criticize it. Medical Brain is currently “in a very early stage of development,” team member Lily Peng said at the Google Developers Conference.

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