Machine learning: Changing everything but healthcare

BOSTON — Machine learning has proven it can beat traditional human techniques in healthcare for some time now, yet it remains limited in use in the healthcare industry. But that may be about to change. “Machine learning is changing everything — except maybe healthcare,” MIT professor John Guttag said here at the Big Data and Healthcare Analytics Forum on Oct. 24. While machine learning drives products and services such as Google Maps, many websites’ tracking of shopping habits and presenting options, banking, credit card companies and others, healthcare providers have done much less with the existing technologies. “There’s lots of talk, but very little action, very little progress in healthcare,” Guttag said.  That’s despite 40 years of empirical evidence that the technology outperforms traditional methods at predicting what will happen,…


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