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The hospital computer that predicts if your time is up

A hospital in Boston is using artificial intelligence to revolutionise the way care is provided in its emergency department.

Patients at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are linked up to a super computer which automatically collects and analyses data about their condition.

Although the computer is intended to assist rather than replace human medics, it can sometimes accurately suggest what is wrong with a patient before a doctor has made their diagnosis.

Dr Steve Horng explains how the computer works.

Panorama: Could A Robot Do My Job? can be seen on BBC World News on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September 2015. It was first shown in the UK on Monday 14 September on BBC One.

  • 14 Sep 2015
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