Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Robo-doc' to treat seriously ill

BBC News. "An intelligent computer system which can imitate doctors' decisions about treatment for intensive care patients is being developed by scientists. ... Team leader [University of Sheffield] Professor Mahdi Mahfouf said the system's ability to learn, adapt and make informed decisions was unique. Intelligent decisions 'This new system not only monitors and treats critical patients, but it can also learn from the experiences of medical staff, who can override the machine at any time,' he said. If overridden, the system assimilates the doctor's input and uses the new information to make decisions about similar cases in the future."

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