Researchers from Google and its health-tech subsidiary Verily announced on Monday that they have successfully created algorithms to predict whether someone has high blood pressure or is at risk of a heart attack or stroke simply by scanning a person’s eyes, the Washington Post reports.
Google’s researchers trained the algorithm with images of scanned retinas from more than 280,000 patients. By reviewing this massive database, Google’s algorithm trained itself to recognize the patterns that designated people as at-risk.
This algorithm’s success is a sign of exciting developments in healthcare on the horizon. As Google fine-tunes the technology, it could one day help patients quickly and cheaply identify health risks.
But don’t get too excited yet. The algorithm didn’t outperform existing medical approaches, such as blood tests according to the Washington Post report. The algorithms were able to pick out the patient at risk 70 percent of the time. That’s impressive, but it’s far from perfect.
So it’s not happening tomorrow, but sooner than you imagine, you may be booking an appointment with Mr.(Dr.) Roboto!(really old song reference because i’m old)
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