China Has Its Eyes on AI

In the past decade, China—through a windfall of government funding and top-down policies—has embraced an AI-driven approach to medical innovations that can help relieve pressure on medical workers and health systems.
One example: An open-source algorithm, based on 145,000 chest X-rays, detects respiratory diseases with more than 90% accuracy and is being used in 6 hospitals, relieving radiology teams.
China’s largest research funding agency has increased spending 17% per year from 2000–2017, closing the R&D spending gap with the US.
Innovation challenge: “The gap in their experience, which limits their ability to be truly innovative, could be reduced very quickly in the future,” says biomedical engineer Yipeng Hu.

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