January 19, 2018
Stanford researchers have developed an AI that can predict when a patient will die with up to 90 percent accuracy.
While the idea might sound unnerving, the team behind the work says it could vastly improve end-of-life care for patients and their families.
By more accurately pinpointing when a terminal or seriously ill patient may pass, caregivers can prioritize their wishes and ensure important conversations are held before it’s too late.
In the new study published pre-print to arXiv, the Stanford team explains that there is often a huge discrepancy between the way a patient wants to live out the rest of their life, and how it actually happens.
According to the researchers, roughly 80 percent of Americans wish to spend their final days at home – but, as many as 60 percent end up dying in the hospital.
This article was posted: Friday, January 19, 2018 at 8:05 am