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Japan will spend $ 100 million on artificial intelligence to cope with the shortage of doctors

13.08.2018
Japan, Medicine

Japanese ministries of education, industry and healthcare have opened a set of clinics, IT companies and equipment manufacturers that will participate in the state project for the creation of diagnostic systems based on artificial intelligence (AI).
The Japanese government is ready to spend $ 100 million on this project.

It is expected that by the end of 2022 in Japan, ten hospitals will operate, in which it is planned to introduce various technologies based on AI. According to the Nikkei Asian Review, at the first stage the efforts of the project participants will be aimed at creating AI in the field of oncology.

These can be programs with AI that can automatically enter information into the patient's medical record right at the time of admission. Recognize and analyze AI speech will be based on interviews recorded in exams for doctors. Thus, doctors will be able to devote more time to medical work.

AI can also be used to analyze the results of MRI studies, laboratory tests and other types of diagnostics. On their basis, the system will offer options for solving the clinical problem. The doctor will only have to make a final diagnosis.

For systems to be more accurate, they are planned to "teach" to accumulate data. The introduction of AI will make it easier to work doctors and nurses, believe in the Japanese government, as well as cut spending on medicine. Savings can reach hundreds of billion yen a year. Another effect of AI is the solution of the problem of staff shortage. The number of doctors in Japan increases only by 2.7% per year, mainly due to narrow specialists, so this is not enough, they are convinced of the government.