China's use of AI software will help with diagnosis and help to set the standard in the medical field. Medical research is being used widely with the support of artificial intelligence helping to examine medical scans and detect signs of diabetes. (Images via PereDoc & MIT)

 

Artificial Intelligence will soon be playing a key role in China's doctor shortage and will help to maintain it by assisting medical professionals. Next month, an algorithm will be put to use to help scan for lung diseases which can help speed up the scanning process. The system was developed in Beijing by a company called PereDoc which can spot early signs of lung disease and nodules that are involved in these diseases.

 

It seems that China's doctor shortage has taken a hit - in comparison to the US, they boast a low number of doctors for every 1,000 people at 1.5. The U.S. has 2.5 doctors for every 1,000 people in comparison. According to an IDC report, China's health care services could be as high as $930 million by 2022. Plus, China's need for AI tools as less restrictions will have an effect on the outcome of the cost, as a result. There are already various AI tools being put to development for medicinal purposes that will also help to improve the situation China is in. Some of the tools currently in development are one that can design dentures and one that analyzes ultrasound data to detect blood clots from lymphoma treatment.

 

However, there has been some debate in China as to how this will take effect if medical diagnosis is mistaken and the way it's designed is to use complicated mathematical equations to arrive at a conclusion.

 

About a year ago, China's food and drug administration added a list of diagnostic tools into its list of medical devices but companies are required to apply for its use before setting a price. 

 

PereDoc is gaining a better understanding on its software and use of functionality from 180 hospitals being put to research with their service. 10,000 outpatients will be treated using PereDoc's software in Beijing next month. It can and will most likely result in doctors not having the time to scan every patient, but with the new algorithm, it helps to ensure they get the correct scans and helps to make the task at hand easier for doctors. PereDoc has already been installed in 20 hospitals in Chine but could also see an increase in its use in other hospitals if the similarity to Beijing's remains intact.

 

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