A robot has passed the written test of China's national medical licensing examination, an essential entrance exam for doctors, making it the first robot in the world to pass such an exam.
The robot ,codeveloped by iFlytek Co Ltd, a leading Chinese artificial intelligence company and and Tsinghua University, scored 456 points, 96 points higher than the required marks. Its success in the exam proved the robot's ability in self-directed learning and practical application. Through deep learning, a massive database was built by the robot based on medical textbooks, clinical guidelines and classic medical cases. The robot will be used to assist doctors to improve efficiency in treatments.
It can automatically capture and analyze patient information and make initial diagnosis. However, “it is not meant to replace doctors,” iu Qingfeng, chairman of iFlytek, said. For the instant, the robot is working in a pilot project with the Anhui Provincial Hospital which is China's first smart hospital. "General practitioners are in severe shortage in China's rural areas. We hope AI can help more people access quality medical resources," the iFlytek said in a statement. The iFlytek was born out of the University of Science and Technology of China. It has a consistent preoccupation to improve the performance of the artificial intelligence. Last month, In October, the company iFlytek said it will set up a 1.02 billion yuan ($150 million) fund to support software and hardware developers.