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      Artificial intelligence in healthcare: past, present and future


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          Artificial intelligence (AI) aims to mimic human cognitive functions. It is bringing a paradigm shift to healthcare, powered by increasing availability of healthcare data and rapid progress of analytics techniques. We survey the current status of AI applications in healthcare and discuss its future. AI can be applied to various types of healthcare data (structured and unstructured). Popular AI techniques include machine learning methods for structured data, such as the classical support vector machine and neural network, and the modern deep learning, as well as natural language processing for unstructured data. Major disease areas that use AI tools include cancer, neurology and cardiology. We then review in more details the AI applications in stroke, in the three major areas of early detection and diagnosis, treatment, as well as outcome prediction and prognosis evaluation. We conclude with discussion about pioneer AI systems, such as IBM Watson, and hurdles for real-life deployment of AI.

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                Stroke Vasc Neurol
                Stroke Vasc Neurol
                Stroke and Vascular Neurology
                BMJ Publishing Group (BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JR )
                December 2017
                21 June 2017
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                [1 ] departmentDepartment of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences , University of Hong Kong , Hong Kong, China
                [2 ] departmentDepartment of Neurology , Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Capital Medical University , Beijing, China
                [3 ] departmentBiostatistics and Clinical Research Methodology Unit , University of Hong Kong Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine , Hong Kong, China
                [4 ] departmentDepartment of Neurology , Huashan Hospital, Fudan University , Shanghai, China
                [5 ] China National Clinical Research Center for Neurological Diseases , Beijing, China
                [6 ] DotHealth , Shanghai, China
                [7 ] departmentDepartment of Neurology , Tiantan Clinical Trial and Research Center for Stroke , Beijing, China
                [8 ] departmentFaculty of Business and Economics , University of Hong Kong , Hong Kong, China
                [9 ] departmentDepartment of Neurology , Beijing Tiantan Hospital , Beijing, China
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                [Correspondence to ] Prof Yongjun Wang; yongjunwang1962@ 123456gmail.com
                © Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2017. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted.

                This is an Open Access article distributed in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt, build upon this work non-commercially, and license their derivative works on different terms, provided the original work is properly cited and the use is non-commercial. See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

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