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The potential for the use of AI is dramatic especially as it can assist family clinicians who are usually overloaded with patients to make better choices for treatment of their type 2 patients in order to help prevent hyperglycemia, hypertension and CV risk outcomes.

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EHR-RL

Repository for RL based prescriptive algorithm for the paper "Zheng, H., et al., In Press. Personalized multimorbidity management for patients with type 2 diabetes using reinforcement learning of electronic health records. Drugs."

The research was conducted by Hua Zheng and supervised by Professor Wei Xie, Professor Judy Zhong aand Professor Ilya O. Ryzhov. Results and publications are primarily coming out from Professor Wei Xie's research group. The paper has been accepted by Drugs and the preprint can be found in paper. We would appreciate a citation if you use the code or results!

Outline of our study:

We investigated the ability of a prescription algorithm of artificial intelligence (AI) to determine the best drugs/treatment for the chronic disease of type 2 diabetes to prevent hyperglycemia, hypertension and CV disease. We compared the results of the recommendations of the algorithm to decisions made by clinicians for their patients. The study demonstrated that the algorithm brought equal or better results than the doctors' recommendations for these patients.

  • AIMS: Comorbid chronic conditions are common among people with type 2 diabetes. We developed an Artificial Intelligence algorithm, based on Reinforcement Learning (RL), for personalized diabetes and multimorbidity management with strong potential to improve health outcomes relative to current clinical practice.

  • METHODS: We modeled glycemia, blood pressure and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk as health outcomes using a retrospective cohort of 16,665 patients with type 2 diabetes from New York University Langone Health ambulatory care electronic health records in 2009 to 2017. We trained a RL prescription algorithm that recommends a treatment regimen optimizing patients’ cumulative health outcomes using their individual characteristics and medical history at each encounter. The RL recommendations were evaluated on an independent subset of patients.

  • RESULTS: The single-outcome optimization RL algorithms, RL-glycemia, RL-blood pressure, and RL-CVD, recommended consistent prescriptions with what observed by clinicians in 86.1%, 82.9% and 98.4% of the encounters. For patient encounters in which the RL recommendations differed from the clinician prescriptions, significantly fewer encounters showed uncontrolled glycemia (A1c>8% on 35% of encounters), uncontrolled hypertension (blood pressure > 140mmHg on 16% of encounters) and high CVD risk (risk > 20% on 25% of encounters) under RL algorithms than those observed under clinicians (43%, 27% and 31% of encounters respectively; all P < 0.001).

  • CONCLUSIONS: A personalized reinforcement learning prescriptive framework for type 2 diabetes yielded high concordance with clinicians’ prescriptions and substantial improvements in glycemia, blood pressure, cardiovascular disease risk outcomes.

Main Results

High consistency with current clinical practice

By default, reinforcement learning, attempting to optimize the health outcomes, might result in a significantly different reccommendations from clinicians. However, our RL recommendations showed high levels of concordance with clinicians’ prescriptions for single outcome optimizations of glycemia, blood pressure and CVD risk control. This demonstrates the feasibility of using RL for T2DM management and indicates that clinicians make near-optimal decisions with regard to single-outcome management.

Higher Efficacy

RL based prescriptions significantly improves patients' health outcomes and reduce the number of patients in serious conditions, i.e. SBP > 140 mmHg HbA1c > 8% and FHS CVD risk > 20%.

RL-glycemia
Encounters for which algorithm’s recommendation differed from observed Clinician's prescription (N(%)) 15,578 (13.9)
RL-glycemia Clinician's prescription P-value
A1c (Mean(SE)) 7.80 (0.01) 8.09 (0.01) <0.001
A1c > 8% (N(%)) 5,421 (34.8) 6,617 (42.5) <0.001
RL-Blood Pressure
Encounters for which algorithm’s recommendation differed from observed Clinician's prescription (N(%)) 20,251 (17.1)
RL-BP Clinician's prescription P-value
SBP(Mean(SE)) 131.77(0.06) 132.35 (0.11) <0.001
SBP > 140 mmHg (N(%)) 3,256 (16.1) 5,390 (26.6) <0.001
RL-CVD
Encounters for which algorithm’s recommendation differed from observed Clinician's prescription (N(%)) 946 (1.6)
RL-CVD Clinician's prescription P-value
FHS (Mean(SE)) 13.65 (0.26) 17.18 (0.36) <0.001
FHS > 20% (N(%)) 237 (25.1) 299 (31.6) <0.001
RL-multimorbidity
Encounters for which algorithm’s recommendation differed from observed Clinician's prescription (N(%)) 102,184 (28.9)
RL-multimorbidity Clinician's prescription P-value
A1c (Mean(SE)) 7.14 (0.003) 7.19 (0.005) <0.001
A1c > 8% (N(%)) 16,436 (16.08) 20,879 (20.43) <0.001
SBP (Mean(SE)) 129.40 (0.03) 129.58 (0.05) <0.001
SBP > 140 mmHg (N(%)) 9,800 (9.59) 20,957 (20.51) <0.001
FHS (Mean(SE)) 21.89 (0.04) 25.61 (0.05) <0.001
FHS > 20% (N(%)) 48,283 (47.3) 55,957 (54.8) <0.001

Less prescriptions

Both AI and doctor has similar prescriotive distribution but AI tends to prescribe less than doctors: Prescriptive Distribution

Consistently performance acrosss different groups

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Citation:

Zheng, H., Ryzhov, I. O., Xie, W., & Zhong, J. (2021). Personalized Multimorbidity Management for Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Using Reinforcement Learning of Electronic Health Records. Drugs, 1–12. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40265-020-01435-4

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