Artificial intelligence (AI) and the machine learning models are changing many industries. In healthcare, they can be trained to use health data and predict a patient’s risk of being hospitalized with COVID-19. This interesting information came to us from Becker’s Health IT in their article, “AI models can predict patients’ healthcare utilization amid COVID-19.”

A recent study found that prediction models performed well for population health management programs in health systems, to identify high-risk populations to monitor or screen, as well as predicting resource needs in crisis situations.

The model performed exceptionally well when identifying which patients were at risk for hospitalization during their first week of being diagnosed with COVID-19, but the model did show biases. For example, it showed stronger predictive performance when used on men or people who lived in urban areas.

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