Medical triage AI program may be used by US military on the battlefield

A new program from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is looking to use artificial intelligence to make medical triage decisions on the battlefield, reported The Washington Post March 29. 

The program, named In The Moment, is trying to build an AI-powered medical triage system that would make decisions about care for military personnel. The program will build and test algorithms that help medical decision-making for both small unit injuries and mass casualty events. This includes scenarios such as special operations taking fire or more widespread bomb blasts. 

According to Matt Turek, a program manager at the agency, the AI could take into account resources at local hospitals and numbers of available medical professionals in the vicinity into its decision-making. 

"That wouldn't fit within the brain of a single human decision-maker," Mr. Turek told the Post. "Computer algorithms may find solutions that humans can't."

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