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Cardiac arrest-detecting AI will expand to further European cities

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A startup which is able to detect cardiac arrests using artificial intelligence has announced it will be expanding its service to further European cities later this year.

Corti has partnered with the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) to expand its service to four additional cities. The startup, based in Copenhagen, will select which cities it will expand its pilot to next in June.

The pilot in Copenhagen has been a resounding success measured by the analysis released today. Based on more than 2,000 cardiac arrest emergency calls in 2014, Corti was 93 percent accurate. While the ideal scenario would be 100 percent, it’s already a marked improvement over the 73 percent success rate for human operators.

Corti’s system analyses emergency calls to learn words and characteristics associated with those used in cardiac arrest calls and applies them to a neural network.

When emergency calls are placed, Corti acts like a digital assistant to the human operator and listens in for things such as breathing patterns which may indicate an emergency vehicle needs to be prioritised and dispatched quickly.

Cardiac arrests represent the biggest killer around the world. Here in the UK, the British Heart Foundation says a cardiovascular (heart and circulatory) disease causes more than a quarter (26 percent) of all deaths in the UK — an average of 420 people each day, or one death every three minutes. There are over seven million people in the UK living with a cardiovascular disease.

Corti has chosen a great place to start their AI detection system as many of us will have been impacted by a cardiovascular problem, either directly or indirectly. Going forward, it’s an exciting demonstration of the benefits AI can have in healthcare and could be expanded to help quickly diagnose other conditions.

Update: An earlier version of this article mistakingly said Corti’s AI detected heart attacks rather than cardiac arrests. To learn about the differences, see here.

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