The digital doctor will see you now


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Artificial intelligence has passed China’s medical board exams. Now it’s time for AI to start working with patients. The need is urgent: there are only 1.5 doctors per thousand people in China, compared to 2.5 in the US. That makes Chinese physicians less concerned about AI stealing their jobs, and more concerned about just getting help with their caseloads. From reading oncology x-rays to designing dentures, more than 130 Chinese firms are working in the AI medical field. Despite the need, China is proceeding with caution. Every firm that develops an AI application must be accredited for each product. So far, how to handle the liability issues hasn’t been addressed yet.

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