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AI will provide greater certainty in emergency care

Photo: Högskolan i Borås

The consumption of healthcare increases in step with ageing of the population. The aim of an exciting three-year project at the University of Borås is to make healthcare more equal and precise through development of artificial intelligence in emergency medical care.  The project includes several parties within the PICTA network.

By loading patient data, such as blood pressure and heart rate into a program with artificial intelligence (AI), an entirely objective assessment of which treatment the person needs can be provided. The assessment is then used to improve precision when the medical care personnel make a decision. It is the technology that the project Artificial Intelligence: for Equal Healthcare will develop primarily for ambulance patients and congestive heart failure patients.

- The artificial intelligence will be able to make a diagnosis and assess the possibility of survival in order to help prioritise which care the patient should receive, explains Anders Jonsson, project manager and adjunct professor at the PreHospen training centre at the University of Borås.

Norwegian and Swedish universities, including Chalmers Technical University, are involved in the project. There are also several hospitals and medical companies involved.

- The goal is to develop a prototype that we will test at the university's clinical training centre in a simulation environment. Then the AI will be developed without affecting any actual patients, says Anders Jonsson.

The advantage with AI in comparison with a simpler computer program is its intelligence improves every time that it is used and the assessment becomes more precise over time.