Artificial intelligence correctly triaged 41 of the 50 patients in the study (82%). Surgeons had an accuracy triage rate of 70% (35 patients), intensivists 64% (32 patients), and anaesthesiologists 58% (29 patients). The number of incorrect triage decisions was lowest for AI (18%), followed by 30% for surgeons, 36% for intensivists, and 42% for anaesthesiologists.Editor’s pick, (2019). AI outperforms clinicians in triaging post-operative patients for ICUe. Medical brief.
These are the kinds of contexts where we’ll increasingly see the use of machine learning algorithms to “provide guidance” to clinicians: high stakes decision-making scenarios where the correct outcome relies on the integration of data from a wide variety of clinical domains that are not optimised for human cognition. It’s just not possible for a human being – or team of human beings – to track the high number of relevant and inter-related variables that influence these kinds of clinical outcomes.