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IU professor: Artificial intelligence can help doctors detect patterns, cut treatment costs

(Bloomington, IN, Herald-Times) An Indiana University computer scientist says he does not want to use artificial intelligence to replace the human wisdom and judgment of medical doctors, but he does want to use it to provide doctors with a tool to help them diagnose and treat patients.
"Electronic health records contain a treasure trove of data, but they are simply too large for humans to process," said Kris Hauser, assistant professor of computer science in Indiana University's School of Informatics and Computing. "Artificial Intelligence can detect patterns matching a patient's disease progression and recommend up-to-date, cost-effective treatment plans to a human doctor."
Hauser is one of two computer scientists from IU's School of Informatics and Computing who, along with a medical doctor at the Regenstrief Institute on the IU School of Medicine campus, have been awarded more than $686,000 from the National Science Foundation to develop and test prototype "decision support systems." The systems are designed to help physicians diagnose and treat patients with heart problems and clinical depression, as well as those re-admitted to hospital emergency rooms.
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