‘The computer will see you now’ was the title of a UK TV Programme in the Horizon series screened this week investigating how Artificial Intelligence’s being used to try to develop computers that can be used by people all over the world to diagnose illness. It is already in use experimentally in Uganda where it enables few doctors to deal with huge numbers of patients. Apparently there is one GP practice in central London where 30,000 patients who work in the area have transferred from their home-location based practice and are interogated by machine and if necessary ‘seen’ by GPs via video, Local GPs are outraged because of loss of funding mostly of younger fitter patients - the ones they are paid to support and rarely see - and the Royal Colege because a loop hole in the law allows such practice to exist at all. Difficulties remained mainly because the law doesn’t keep pace with technology and discrepancies mean AI is only allowed to offer information and not give diagnosis but it’s accuracy certainly seemed excellent and will no doubt improve with time. Unlike mankind these machines can work 24/7 and aren’t subject to off days, don’t get colds, row with the wife before leaving home etc and so must ultimately prove consistent and reliable. It is already being used with a human as Control to deal with mammograms for which it seems ideal. A distinct advantage must be its decision is traceable, Surely this will be the way forward within a few years. I’d certainly be prepared to give it a go!
Much was made of a mistake in diagnosis by the AI, but, as we all know, doctors don’t always get it right either and I don’t suppose the aim is to do away with doctors completely but it must prove a useful tool. It would be interesting to know how AI will cope with individual’s perception, ie its definition of ‘vertigo’ as oppose to,’dizziness’ which could prove vital with MAV. `Under exam conditions it performed extremely well. It’s certainly an interesting concept. Interesting programme.
Under exam conditions it was given short specimen symptom lists and asked for a diagnosis, Just as an example, pretend you’re an AI computer and do try this one and see what you come up with. (I found this, it’s not from the TV programme).
Seeing things moving in peripheral vision that isn’t actually there
Motion and car sickness
Sensitivity to Bright Lights/glare
Poor depth perception
Head, neck and shoulder pain
Uncomfortable in department stores, overwhelmed in a crowd.
The above list of symptoms refer to ‘Vertical Heterophoria’
Which makes one think. Could so easiky be MAV. I’d noticed the similarities some time ago. One wonders what AI would make of that.