Artificial Intelligence Eases Burden of Blindness in Diabetes

"In 2015 the California Health Care Foundation sponsored a $100,000 competition using the Kaggle data science community to find the best computer programs (algorithms) for detecting diabetic retinal disease from digital retinal images.  661 teams of engineers and researchers throughout the world submitted 6,999 algorithms for this competition.  By the fourth month of the competition, algorithms were matching humans when measuring how well they agree with each other."

"Algorithms that help a computer immediately read retinal images might improve diabetic eye care outcomes by providing rapid results to community health workers and clinicians for triage and referral to specialists."

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