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Amazon develops software that reads patients’ medical records



Amazon develops software that reads patients' medical records

Amazon is offering a new software that can mine medical records for information, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The software can reportedly scan digitized patient records and pull out data, a service that healthcare professionals can use when considering treatments and hospitals can use to cut costs.

“We’re able to completely, automatically look inside medical language and identify patient details with incredibly high accuracy,” Matt Wood, general manager of artificial intelligence at Amazon Web Services, told the Wall Street Journal.

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Amazon used deep learning to train its software to analyze medical records.

And according to Taha Kass-Hout, former chief health informatics officer for the FDA who was hired by Amazon earlier this year, the software performed as well as or better than similar programs.

It was also able to pull out data regarding patients’ illnesses, prescriptions, lab orders and procedures, all of which is organized into a spreadsheet-like report.

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