Babylon achieve human doctor quality health advice with their artificial intelligence systems
On Wednesday night (27th June) our virtual GP partner Babylon Health unveiled their revolutionary new artificial intelligence (AI) live from the London Royal College of Physicians.
In their extensive testing they have found their new software is able to give health advice on-par with practicing clinicians. This includes making the program take the relevant sections of the MRCGP exam, taken by all trainee General Practitioners (GPs).
The average pass mark for real-life doctors was 72% – Babylon’s AI achieved 81%, and expects to be able to further improve on that in the future.
The AI has also been tested against some highly experienced primary care doctors in assessing some independently-devised symptoms, so as to emulate a real-life scenario. The doctors scored between 64% and 94% for accuracy – Babylon achieved 80%, increasing to 98% when assessing against the most frequently seen conditions in primary care medicine.
Crucially, the safety of the AI was 97%. This compares favourably to the doctors, whose average was 93.1%.
The connotations for such an advancement in healthcare are enormous. This makes geography, wealth and convenience much less of a factor when it comes to accessing primary healthcare, and artificial intelligence can ease the burden placed on the limited healthcare resources we see in countries around the world.
Our partnership with Babylon means that if you’re an APL Health client, you can access this impressive artificial intelligence, as well as accessing a virtual doctor at no cost. To register, visit our website and click ‘virtual GP’ in the top right corner.