Chinese chatbot uses AI to provide medical diagnosis

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The medical profession is under increasing pressure. A global shortfall in healthcare workers will reach 12.9 million by 2035, according to the World Health Organization. And in China, the shortage of healthcare professionals is even more acute. In response to this, Chinese search engine Baidu launched a medical chatbot named Melody, designed to speed up the process of diagnosing patients. Melody, announced in October, was created for Baidu’s Doctor mobile app. It uses advanced deep learning and natural language processing (NLP) technologies developed by Baidu, to support doctors by speeding up the process of diagnosis, and offering treatment options. The…

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