AI could worsen biases in medicine

Artificial intelligence (AI) is beginning to meet (and sometimes exceed) assessments by doctors in various clinical situations. AI can now diagnose skin cancer like dermatologists, seizures like neurologists and diabetic retinopathy like ophthalmologists.

Algorithms are being developed to predict which patients will have diarrhoea or end up in the intensive care unit, and the United States Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first machine-learning algorithm to measure how much blood flows through the heart - a tedious, time-consuming calculation traditionally done by cardiologists.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 02, 2019, with the headline 'AI could worsen biases in medicine'. Subscribe