STAT October 15, 2020
Casey Ross

It’s long past hackathon time.

With Covid-19 cases surging in parts of the U.S. at the start of flu season, developers of artificial intelligence tools are about to face their biggest test of the pandemic: Can they help doctors differentiate between the two respiratory illnesses, and accurately predict which patients will become severely ill?

Numerous AI models are promising to do exactly that by sifting data on symptoms and analyzing chest X-rays and CT scans. For now, the increased availability of coronavirus testing means AI is unlikely to be relied upon for frontline detection and diagnosis. But it will become increasingly important for figuring out how aggressively to treat patients and which ones are likely to need intensive care beds,...

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