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How Doctors Are Using Artificial Intelligence to Battle Covid-19

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How Doctors Are Using Artificial Intelligence to Battle Covid-19

Image caption: Artificial Intelligence has been used to help caregivers focus on patients most at-risk, sort threats to patient recovery and foresee spikes in facility needs for things like beds and ventilators. Sorbetto / Getty Images. Article by Jim Morrison. Smithsonian Magazine – March 5, 2021.

Software is helping to shape treatment, but experts worry that some tools are approved too soon and others are biased

When the Covid-19 pandemic emerged last year, physician Lara Jehi and her colleagues at the Cleveland Clinic were running blind. Who was at risk? Who were the patients likely to get sicker? What kinds of care will they need?

“The questions were endless,” says Jehi, the clinic’s chief research information officer. “We didn’t have the luxury of time to wait and see what’s going to evolve over time.”

With answers urgently needed, the Cleveland Clinic turned to algorithms for help. […]

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