One of the things that artificial intelligence has proven particularly adept at is being able to parse and translate text. At the most fundamental level, this involves taking completely unstructured data and organizing it into a form that makes it analytically digestible for computers to manipulate it and, ultimately, for humans to make sense of it. This has been a primary challenge since the beginning of artificial intelligence and programs like Google Translate, Dragon dictation software and many other, more obscure and specialist programs have roundly proven that this is one of the things that artificial intelligence is truly at home with.
Now, Eric Lefkofsky, founder of Tempus, is tackling one of the biggest challenges in the field of unstructured data. Medical records, including doctor notes, patient medical histories, symptom reporting and many other aspects of the medical profession are little more than vast agglomerations of unstructured data. It often takes a trained medical professional to make sense of these crucial primary sources of patient information. Eric Lefkofsky is seeking to make that entire process automated.
Through the use of proprietary algorithms, Tempus is already developing software that will soon be able to parse doctors’ notes, even hand written ones, and transform all of the relevant data contained within them into a machine-digestible format, making that patient information not only immediately available to all doctors working on that case but also potentially making real time conduction of complex studies possible. This instantaneous transformation of all medical data in the United States into precise, reliable and usable form could prove to be utterly revolutionary in the field of medical research. It is quite possible that studies that used to take years, thousands of man hours and millions of dollars to conduct will become a simple matter of a few clicks on a mouse.
He believes that the increased efficiency in information processing that artificial intelligence applications will allow for will alone be enough to radically increase the survival rates of the most deadly diseases on Earth and more information click here.