Wednesday, September 5, 2018

How Deep Learning Helps Doctors Detect Pediatric Sepsis

In a high-stakes environment like the intensive care unit, there are more pressing tasks for a nurse than data entry — prompting hospitals to use devices that automatically measure patients’ vital signs. These time-saving machines create far more patient data than manual entry ever could. And they present an opportunity for AI to mine the information for earlier detection of serious health complications. One such complication is sepsis: a serious, potentially life-threatening inflammatory response that occurs when the immune system overreacts while fighting off an infection.