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What health care consumers should know about artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence, one of the fastest-growing fields in computer science, may hold the potential to help improve the quality and affordability of health care in the new decade, experts say,

Artificial intelligence is now at a level where machines can outperform humans on certain limited tasks in health and medicine and we will only see that accelerate in the coming decade,” said Ze Jiang, CEO of iQuartic, a natural language processing developer. “It is basically taking a large amount of data and information for analysis and allowing a machine to identify patterns that humans may very well miss and make human-like decisions.”

The field, still in its youth, focuses on building robots, computers and other machines that are capable of reasoning, learning from experience, adjusting to new information, and performing human-like tasks intelligently.

Since 2017, a Journal of the American Medical Association article last month reported, the Food & Drug Administration cleared or approved more than a dozen AI health software devices, including AI designed to analyze images and data to detect wrist fractures, brain injuries, and irregular heart rhythms.