"Xiaoyi, an AI-powered robot in China, for example, has recently taken the national medical licensing examination and passed, making it the first robot to have done so. Not only did the robot pass the exam, it actually got a score of 456 points, which is 96 points above the required marks."
When fears are raised even in the UK about a potential shortfall in GPs- especially in rural areas- the use of AI to assist human doctors points a solution to scarce resources
In the same manner, iFlytek plans to have Xiaoyi assist human doctors in order to improve their efficiency in future treatments. “We will officially launch the robot in March 2018. It is not meant to replace doctors. Instead, it is to promote better people-machine cooperation so as to boost efficiency,” iFlytek chairman Liu Qingfeng told China Daily. Concretely, iFlytek’s vision is to use AI to improve cancer treatment and help to train general practitioners, which China is sorely in need of. “General practitioners are in severe shortage in China’s rural areas. We hope AI can help more people access quality medical resource,” Qingfeng added.