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La Trobe University Uses AI to Bring Mental Health Care to Cancer Patients


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The Centre for Data Analytics and Cognition (CDAC) at Australia's La Trobe University worked with international cancer researchers to develop an artificial intelligence patient-reported information multidimensional framework to help detect and analyze a patient's mental health status while undergoing cancer treatment.

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The Centre for Data Analytics and Cognition (CDAC) at Australia's La Trobe University has teamed up with international cancer researchers to develop an artificial intelligence patient-reported information multidimensional framework (PRIME) to detect and analyze a patient's mental health status while undergoing cancer treatment.

According to CDAC director and La Trobe University head of analytics discipline, Damminda Alahakoon, using PRIME can help understand a patient's behaviour, emotions, and decision-making based on data shared by the patient.

He said the data can be text provided by a patient to an online chatbot, an online cancer support group, or other online support services.

"PRIME addresses the challenges associated with understanding the unlabelled and unstructured nature of this data, allowing it to efficiently identify trends and anomalies -- such as when a patient is struggling emotionally -- and effectively adapt to the changing nature of that data," he said.

 

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