How can Rush predict who’s got Zika or Ebola? Artificial intelligence

A patient walks into the emergency department at Rush University Medical Center with a fever and bloodshot eyes.  In days of yore, doctors would have to exhaust the obvious possibilities — like a flu or allergic reaction — before finally figuring a patient was suffering from Zika virus. But Rush says its predictive software, a system called Guardian, helps alert doctors to a possible diagnosis hours faster than physicians normally would.  When dealing with more rare diagnoses, doctors typically think, “it’s going to be everything else besides smallpox,” said Dr. Dino Rumoro, who’s been working on the technology for more than 20 years and is the chairman of Rush’s Department of Emergency Medicine. “This gives the clinician a crutch.”  Guardian, a suite of software tools developed by Rumoro and his team, runs…


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