China launches world’s first AI hospital with robot doctors ‘able to treat 3,000 patients daily’

  • World’s first AI hospital unveiled in China
  • Its robot doctors ‘can treat 3,000 patients a day and will save millions’
  • The forward-looking medical care is expected to lead to the cultivation of ‘highly-skilled doctors’

Published on May 30, 2024 at 8:33 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on May 31, 2024 at 7:23 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

While it might sound like the plot of a sci-fi film, the world’s first AI hospital, complete with robot doctors, has been unveiled in China.

The fleet of robot physicians ‘can treat 3,000 patients a day and will save millions’, according to a recent report.

And forget medical school – this is where the ‘highly-skilled doctors’ of tomorrow will learn on the job.

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‘Agent Hospital’ is the virtual facility that will work via autonomous interaction – and it’s not the first time autonomous technology has saved lives.

A crucial Tesla self-driving feature remarkably saved a man who needed to go to hospital, recently.

Researchers from Tsinghua University in Beijing, are the minds behind ‘Agent Hospital’.

The AI hospital is already in the late development phase and it’s claimed it will be accepting – and hopefully treating, caring for, and curing patients – by the second half of this year.

Research team leader of the Agent Hospital, Liu Yang, said the AI hospital will transform how doctors diagnose and treat patients with huge benefits for them and their patients, per Global Times.

The capacity to treat patients will skyrocket, with predictions of 10,000 patients within days.

It would take a human doctor over two years to achieve the same numbers.

The nurses, meanwhile, will focus on support.

And their work is anything but slapdash.

Chinese researchers revealed that the AI hospital robot doctor achieved an impressive 93.06 percent accuracy rate on the MedQA dataset (the questions on the US Medical Licensing Exam) on the entire range of human pathology.

The process went from consultation to examination, diagnosis, and treatment, to the follow-up.

The AI hospital sees a team of 14 doctors and nurses driven by large language model-powered intelligent agents.

And there’s potential for their role to be ‘infinitely expanded’ in time.

What’s more, it will provide medical students with enhanced training opportunities in a risk-free environment.

And tech is already helping the field of medicine with a doctor in Brazil using the Apple Vision Pro to perform ‘game-changing’ surgery.

When it comes to the Hippocratic responsibility of real patient care, it will take the form of online telemedicine services.

Per figures in the report, this would allow AI doctors to handle up to ‘millions’ of cases.

What’s more, it could even help prevent future pandemics and allow for more convenient and affordable healthcare.

However, with the public’s health on the line, the AI hospital, albeit a pilot, must adhere to strict national medical regulations.

This was recently the case when Neuralink implanted a brain chip in a 29-year-old quadriplegic man who was paralyzed from the neck down.

This allowed him to play video games with his mind.

Some of the images in this story were created using AI.

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Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

London-based Amelia cut her journalistic teeth covering all things lifestyle, wellness and luxury in the UK capital. Fast-forward a decade and the experienced content creator and editor has put pen to paper for glossy magazines, busy newsrooms and coveted brands. When her OOO is on you can find her spending quality time with her young family, in the gym or exploring the city she loves.