To Provide Better End-of-Life Care, This AI Predicts Mortality

It sounds morbid to predict the likelihood of someone dying within the next year. But when you think about identifying these people so they can experience their last days in their own homes sans rigorous and painful treatments¬†that probably won’t prolong their lives, it takes on a different hue.¬†This AI aims to change that.
According to this article, many physicians give people more hopeful diagnoses than their situations may merit. It seems nice to give someone hope while they receive devastating news, but the unintended consequences may not be. A hopeful diagnosis may prolong treatment and lead to a poorer end-of-life experience, a situation they might not choose if they understood the likelihood of their earlier passing. Eighty percent of people in the United States say they’d like to pass away in their own homes if possible, but up to sixty percent end up dying while receiving aggressive medical treatments.

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