Tech giants apply artificial intelligence in healthcare

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A Tencent engineer (left) demonstrates the company's AI product that helps patients with an early and accurate diagnosis. Before 2017, gastroenterologist Cheng Chunsheng had to inspect over 1,000 gastroscopy pictures to search for possible esophageal cancer symptoms, a cancer which appears in the food pipe. However, this painstaking process is no longer needed since the People's Hospital of Nanshan District in Shenzhen where Cheng works introduced "Tencent AIMIS", an artificial intelligence or AI-enabled imaging software released in August last year. "The AI system screens through each report and notifies the doctor if further inspection is needed," said Cheng. The system has significantly boosted his efficiency.


Search engine launches AI-powered bot for patient-physician interaction - MedCity News

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Baidu, a China-based search engine business, took the wraps off a digital health tool to field medical queries and conversations between physicians and their patients called Melody medical assistant. The company claimed in a news release that the app uses deep learning to help doctors gather information from patients about their medical conditions and help physicians arrive at a diagnosis. To give an idea how the bot is designed to work, a spokeswoman provided an overview, in response to emailed questions. When a patient opens the app to pose a question, Melody asks the patient relevant follow-up questions to clarify information such as the duration, severity, and frequency of symptoms. The questions can also touch on additional symptoms related to the condition, even though the patient may not have mentioned them.


Baidu's Melody: AI-Powered Conversational Bot for Doctors and Patients - Baidu Research

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Baidu has launched Melody, an AI-powered conversational bot designed to provide relevant information to doctors to assist with recommendations and treatment options. Melody incorporates advanced deep learning and natural language processing (NLP) technologies developed by Baidu. Melody integrates with Baidu Doctor, an app that Baidu launched in China in 2015. Andrew Ng, chief scientist, Baidu, said: "Melody is designed to help both doctors and patients. By focusing on the medical-assistant vertical, we've built a conversational bot that can give highly-customized and situation-appropriate responses to a patient's query."


How AI Is Crunching Big Data To Improve Healthcare Outcomes

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PSFK's Future of Health looks into all the ways artificial intelligence is transforming healthcare The state of your health shouldn't be a mystery, nor should patients or doctors have to wait long to find answers to pressing medical concerns. In PSFK's Future of Health Report, we dig deep into the latest in AI, big data algorithms and IoT tools that are enabling a new, more comprehensive overview of patient data collection and analysis. Machine support, patient information from medical records and conversations with doctors are combined with the latest medical literature to help form a diagnosis without detracting from doctor-patient relations. The impact of improved AI helps patients form a baseline for well-being and is making changes all across the healthcare industry. AI not only streamlines intake processes and reduces processing volume at clinics, it also controls input and diagnostic errors within a patient record, allowing doctors to focus on patient care and communication, rather than data entry.


Chinese web company Baidu launches medical chatbot for doctors and patients

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In an effort to a facilitate faster, more efficient flow of information between doctors and patients, Chinese search engine Baidu is introducing Melody, an AI-powered conversational bot. Melody gathers information, responds to patients about medical conditions and gives feedback to the real-life doctors. The service is available immediately in China. Melody builds on the Baidu Doctor app, which launched in China in 2015. Essentially, she is the chatbot equivalent of the app coming to life – patients can open the app and ask a question, and Melody will respond with context-relevant questions to clarify information such as symptom frequency or duration.