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EXPOSITO GALLARDO, María del Carmen  y  AVILA AVILA, Rafael. Artificial intelligence applied to medicine: prospects and problems. ACIMED [online]. 2008, vol.17, n.5. ISSN 1024-9435.

The advances attained in Medical Informatics in Cuba include research, teaching, primary and secondary health care, as well as the management of health institutions. In this field, the applications in the area called Artificial Intelligence arouse great interest because of their possibilities to be involved in situations where it is required a wealth of medical knowledge, the rapid data processing and the effective decision making. The prospects for using systems with intelligent behaviour in the Cuban medical area, a basic objective in the health sector due to the priority given to the fundamental and applied research in the medical sciences in function of the programs aimed at improving the health of our people, are assessed. The implementation of devices simulating the intellect of the doctor in all its dimension will depend on the solution of some significant problems that are exposed. The application of Artificial Intelligence in medicine, in addition to require an adequate delimitation of tasks and goals, poses serious difficulties at the scientific, technological, philosophical and ethic spheres. Despite the efforts, its concept is yet used in many cases to refer to certain computer simulations of operations that before were considered inherent to man while the computers with attributes of Artificial Intelligence are still very limited, do not perceive the semantics of the information and show very modest logical possibilities in comparison with those of the physicians.

Palabras clave : Artificial Intelligence; Medical Informatics; health; medicine.

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