Partnership will create a machine learning system to spot early occurrences of eye problems.
Google’s DeepMind AI (artificial intelligence) division has partnered with Moorfield Eye Hospital in London to create a machine learning system that can identify conditions that may threaten eyesight.
Moorfields will use the system to run algorithms on top of one million anonymous digital eye scans as a way to spot the early signs of conditions that may be missed by medical experts.
The DeepMind technology could also spot hidden problems that could result in harm to a patient’s sight during long waiting times for specialist treatment.
“This is where DeepMind is able to help us understand these huge datasets and then put it together so that it benefits towards making a good diagnosis and achieving the best possible treatment for our patients,” said Professor Sir Peng Tee Khaw, head of Moorfields’ ophthalmology research centre.
The data being accessed by DeepMind AI will be kept anonymous to preserve patient privacy but still allow the machine learning technology to carry out work that will benefit the hospital.
The partnership with Moorfields is not DeepMind