What your patient might ask you…

Can a computer tell me if I have diabetic retinopathy?

US News wrote an article about the potential use of artificial intelligence in detecting diabetic retinopathy.
Artificial intelligence refers to a computer’s ability to examine a retinal photo and be able to tell whether that patient has diabetic retinopathy as well as grade the severity of retinopathy. It uses a process called deep learning.

Remind me, what is deep learning?
Deep learning involves feeding a computer a lot of data which it uses to make decisions about other data. To give a real world example, it’s how Netflix comes up with what shows it thinks you want to watch.

Unlike telemedicine, artificial intelligence takes the doctor out of the equation by being able to interpret the image. However, this idea isn’t new. I wrote a while back about how both Google and IBM have been working on this for years.
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