An algorithm identifies battered children by cross-referencing data from medical records

While the cases of battered children are increasing due to various incarcerations, the algorithm, launched by a team of researchers, makes it easier to identify child abuse in hospital.

WLAlgorithm for screening hospitalized pediatric records for victims of child abuse? This is possible thanks to artificial intelligence!

Published in the weekly epidemiological bulletin public health France, This study has been in the hands of several French researchers for more than ten years. The algorithm tested children admitted to hospital at Dijon University Hospital, aged 0 to 5 years.

The system is based on “the use of software to medicalize information systems of hospitals and clinics, in which diseases and lesions observed on each patient are identified and coded,” defines AFP.

“If a child comes to the hospital multiple times and the device repeatedly identifies somewhat strange lesions, it can alert,” he identifies. 20 minutes Mélanie Loiseau, co-author of the study and a forensic specialist.

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proven results

In total, 170 files of children who may suffer from domestic violence have been identified by the algorithm . 85% Cases where the tool has detected “highly potential abuse” have been found to be correct, and similarly in 50%Cases where abuse is suspected. For the medical profession, reporting child abuse remains complicated, and that’s why The purpose of this tool is to “identify unexplained abuse”.

In 2021, Brigitte Macron has already launched A similar process to detect cases of abused children in hospitals. “Many children who were abused as teens go one day or another to the hospital for one reason or another. Then we should be able to examine them and learn about their suffering.” , explains the first lady on a microphone blue France.

To do this, seven teams, composed of a doctor, a nurse and a social worker, were welcomed into hospitals to help medical staff identify these cases of hidden violence.

numbers on the rise

A study published in the journal Child abuse and neglect And Relayed by the world showed that Child abuse cases increased sharply between March and April 2020.

Researchers note a 50% increase over the previous three years. but that is not all : Violence is also more dangerous . In 2020, 1.79% of children admitted to hospital died from physical abuse, compared to 1.65% between 2017 and 2019.

According to the researchers, several factors explain this increase, notably The economic and social consequences of the health crisisLike closing schools Confined 24 hours a day with their parents, these children found themselves at increased risk of domestic violence.

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