Scientists say they have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) software that can predict when patients with a heart disorder will die with an 80% accuracy rate.
The software learned to analyse blood tests and scans of beating hearts to spot signs that the heart was about to fail. Researchers from the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS) believe the software will allow doctors to better treat patients with pulmonary hypertension by determining how aggressive their treatment needs to be.
The software was given MRI scans of 256 patients’ hearts, and blood test results. It measured the movement of 30,000 different points in the organ’s structure during each a heartbeat. When this data was combined with eight years of patient health records, the artificial intelligence learned which abnormalities predicted when patients would die. The software could look about five years into the future. It correctly predicted those who would still be alive after one year about 80% of the time. The figure for doctors is 60%. Source