In his new book, Eric Topol argues that AI can be used in hospitals for everything from patient safety to improving workflow. The following is an excerpt of Deep Medicine: How artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again by Eric Topol
Better prediction of an important diagnosis in real time is another direction of AI efforts, as we’ve seen, and this issue is of huge importance in hospitals, as one of the major challenges that hospitals face is treating infections that patients catch while hospitalized. Sepsis, a deadly infection common in hospitals, is responsible for 10 percent of intensive care unit admissions in the United States. Treating it costs more than $10 billion per year, and treatment often fails: sepsis accounts for 20 to 30 percent of all deaths among hospitalized patients in the United States.