'An AI doctor can recognise the symptoms of childhood diseases more accurately than many human medics, research suggests.
The artificial intelligence model was inputted with information from more than 1.4million health records.
It then drew on this data to diagnose everything from flu and gastroenteritis to bacterial meningitis - with some cases having more than 90 per cent accuracy.
When tested, the system performed better than junior doctors but was not as reliable as more experienced medics.
The researchers believe AI could help sort hospital patients according to their severity, as well as improving the diagnosis of complex, rare conditions.
The research was carried out by Guangzhou Medical University in China and led by Dr Kang Zhang, professor of ophthalmology and genetics.
'Our study provides a proof of concept for implementing an AI-based system as a means to aid physicians in tackling large amounts of data, augmenting diagnostic evaluations, and to provide clinical decision support in cases of diagnostic uncertainty or complexity,' Dr Zhang said.
To 'train' the AI model, the scientists exposed it to the electronic health records of 1,362,559 outpatient visits to the Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Centre - a major government hospital in China.
The records covered the appointments of children and teenagers from January 2016 to July 2017.'
Read more: The (AI) doctor will see you now: Study finds artificial intelligence diagnoses flu, gastroenteritis and meningitis in children more accurately than medics
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