Fortune July 28, 2020
Jonathan Vanian

Healthcare experts are hopeful that artificial intelligence could help doctors figure out which patients need urgent care. 

At Stanford, physicians at the university’s healthcare facilities will debut, in a month or so, an experimental machine learning-powered triage system. Unlike the machine learning-powered chatbot used by healthcare giant Providence Health & Services that helps patients schedule appointments, Stanford’s software is intended to be used by internal staff to deal with sudden influxes of patients, which can overburden physicians. 

The heart of the triaging system is a machine-learning algorithm developed by healthcare firm Epic that analyzes data stored in a patient’s electronic health records. Using data like a patient’s respiratory rate, blood count, and heart rate, the machine learning software can...

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