Technology | 10.12.20
AI-Controlled Sensors Could Save Lives in 'Smart' Hospitals, Homes
Medical XPress (09/09/20) Abate, Tom
Stanford University researchers say smart hospital rooms and homes equipped with sensors controlled by artificial intelligence (AI) systems could help minimize medical errors and improve patient outcomes. Their paper indicates that the field of "ambient intelligence" in healthcare is based largely on the availability of inexpensive infrared sensors and the rise of machine learning systems that use sensor data to train specialized AI applications. These infrared technologies include depth sensors used outside hospital rooms to issue alerts if people do not wash their hands before entering and thermal sensors that can detect movements under sheets and issue alerts about impending health crises. However, high-definition video sensors have been avoided due to privacy issues. Said Stanford's Albert Haque, "The silhouette images provided by infrared sensors may provide data that is sufficiently accurate to train AI algorithms for many clinically important applications."
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