The Google-owned artificial intelligence in prediction of acute kidney injury doctors

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The potential use of the areas of artificial intelligence, will benefit the society greatly, and can now predict who is at increased risk of a disease that kills nearly 2 million people each year.

Researchers at Google’s DeepMind Health, saying that the development of an AI that is able to identify the symptoms of acute kidney injury (AKI) in 48 hours for doctors, with the use of raw materials, such as blood tests, heart rate, and blood pressure.

“Our research shows that the AI is able to accurately predict AKI in the patients for up to 48 hours earlier than it is currently diagnosed,” the researchers, from the Google-owned DeepMind, wrote in a blog post. “It is more important that the model correctly predicted 9 out of the 10 patients whose condition was deteriorating so seriously, that they will then need dialysis. This is a picture of the future for early treatment and prevention, and to prevent the need for more invasive procedures such as renal dialysis.”


The researchers noted that the model can also be used in the future generalize for other major causes of illness and the deterioration of the condition, such as sepsis, a life-threatening infection.”

The study, which was published in the journal Nature.

DeepMind analyzed the medical data of 700.000 patients from the VA and the Royal Free Hospital in London, uk. More than 100 VA hospitals participated in the survey and personally identifiable information, such as names or social security numbers were not part of the study, so that patient privacy is at the back of my mind.

Google acquired DeepMind for a reported $500 million in 2014.

According to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, and about 2 million people die of AKI every year, and there is no effective treatment available, such as medical doctors, and researchers “have only a vague idea as to why the kidney function decreases dramatically in most patients with an acute illness or injury, or the reason why, in spite of renal replacement therapy, mortality is so high.”

The International society of Nephrology, indicates that there were approximately 13.3 million annual cases of AKI, including more than 11 million are in the developing countries.

Known as the “silent killer” because it is difficult to diagnose early AKI may be prevented in some cases as much as 30 percent, if treated.

The goal is to eventually boost patient care through the use of electronic tools, in an effort to reduce the costs of care and, ultimately, to move “from reactive to preventative models of care,” DeepMind will be added in the post.


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