Ada-pting to complexity of health
‘Doctors are trained to believe that common things are common,’ explained Dr Hirsch. In traditional consultations, doctors evaluate patients’ symptoms and formulate hypotheses based on experience. Similarly, many health apps rely on machine learning technology for spotting patterns in historical data.
In contrast, Ada’s AI system ‘thinks’ about the symptoms from a set of rules and makes suggestions based on probabilities. This kind of ‘single shot learning’ does not require exposure to large sets of data and is thus valuable for dealing with new situations such as rare diseases.