Artificial intelligence in wider use for preventive care

TOKYO — Crunching a vast amount of medical data for signs of illness takes time and effort, but recent technological advances in artificial intelligence are set to make the process more efficient.      Japanese conglomerate Hitachi and Tokyo’s Keio University are among those at the forefront of this research. Unlike conventional data analysis, AI can detect signs of multiple diseases, including heretofore unknown warning signs.      Hitachi has started operating a pilot program to predict the risk of multiple lifestyle-related diseases on a group of employees, finding that AI can play a major role in lowering medical costs.      Hitachi’s system analyzes about 150 pieces of medical data, seeking signs of 20 diseases, including diabetes, high blood pressure and hardening of arteries. It predicts a person’s five-year chance of developing these illnesses, allowing companies…

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