Amazon's new software scans medical records — 3 insights

Amazon is selling software capable of scanning patient medical records and extracting data, Engadget reports.

Here's what you should know:

1. The software is designed to inform treatment decisions and help hospitals cut costs.

2. By using deep learning, Amazon trained its software to extract data on patients' illnesses, prescriptions, lab orders and procedures. The data is organized in a spreadsheet-like report.

3. Seattle-based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center helped Amazon test the service and will use it to identify patients potentially eligible for experimental drug studies.

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