Google’s DeepMind to utilize AI in eye disorder

July 6, 2016 6:34 pm | Updated 5 years ago.

Google envisages on equipping computers to diagnose diseases related to the human eye. In order to fulfill this arduous task, Deep Mind, an artificial intelligence company possessed by Google has entered into an alliance with London-based, Moorfields Eye Hospital. The California-based organization will use AI to read medical records of about 1.6 million patients. The main objective is to develop a computer program that can identify the two most common types of eye diseases namely diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.

Eye Specialist generally uses medical charts and a brief interview with patients to diagnose ailments but get it wrong in about 20% of the cases. A computer can leverage the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to scan millions of records in a few seconds, learn from them and generate accurate results. DeepMind operates separately from Google and therefore patients’ data will never be associated with Google accounts, products or services.


Date of Publication: July 5, 2016