Chinese researchers claim to have built an AI that forecasts COVID-19 patient survival rates

March 25th
A store in Wuhan, China in February, 2020. (Studio Incendo/Flickr)

Researchers in China say they've developed an AI diagnostic tool that can predict a COVID-19 patient's survival rate by analyzing their blood, according to The South China Morning Post.

The AI was developed by Huazhong University of Science and Technology researchers and doctors from Tongji Hospital in Wuhan, the city where the virus began.

Researchers trained the AI on blood samples collected from patients on their day of admission at Wuhan's Tongji Hospital. They say the AI was 90% accurate and could forecast a patient's survival rate up to 16 days in advance.

SCMP interviewed a Beijing doctor who spoke out against the technology.

"This is a tool that can also be used to deprive patients of advanced age or with underlying conditions of the right to be treated because a computer has decided they have almost zero chance of survival," the doctor said.