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Google is training machines to
predict when a patient will die

By Mark Bergen  /  Bloomberg

Dean said this experimentation relies on serious medical counsel, not just curious software coders.

Google is starting a new trial in India that uses its AI software to screen images of eyes for early signs of a condition called diabetic retinopathy.

Before releasing it, Google had three retinal specialists furiously debate the early research results, Dean said.

Over time, Google could license these systems to clinics, or sell them through the company’s cloud-computing division as a sort of diagnostics-as-a-service.

Microsoft Corp, a top cloud rival, is also working on predictive AI services.

To commercialize an offering, Google would first need to get its hands on more records, which tend to vary widely across health providers. Google could buy them, but that might not sit well with regulators or consumers.

The deals with University of California, San Francisco, and the University of Chicago are not commercial.

For now, the company says it is too early to settle on a business model.

At Google’s annual developer conference last month, Lily Peng, a member of Medical Brain, walked through the team’s research outmatching humans in spotting heart disease risk.

“Again,” she said. “I want to emphasize that this is really early on.”

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