Stanford’s AI Predicts Death for Better End-of-Life Care

Deep learning AI is helping screen for ill patients who could benefit from having end-of-life conversations earlier Illustration: iStockphoto Using artificial intelligence to predict when patients may die sounds like an episode from the dystopian science fiction TV series “Black Mirror.” But Stanford University researchers see this use of AI as a benign opportunity to help prompt physicians and patients to have necessary end-of-life conversations earlier. Many physicians often provide overly rosy estimates about when their patients will die and delay having the difficult conversations about end-of-life options. That understandable human tendency can lead to patients receiving unwanted, expensive and aggressive treatments in a hospital at their time of death instead of being allowed to die more peacefully in relative comfort. The alternative being tested by a Stanford University team would use AI to help physicians screen for newly-admitted patients who could benefit from talking about palliative care choices. Past studies have shown that about 80 percent of Americans would prefer Continue reading Stanford’s AI Predicts Death for Better End-of-Life Care