An Expert Diagnostic System to Automatically Identify Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Clinical Settings Academic Article uri icon


  • Respiratory diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), are affecting a huge percentage of the world's population with mortality rates exceeding those of lung cancer and breast cancer combined. The major challenge is the number of patients who are incorrectly diagnosed. To address this, we developed an expert diagnostic system that can differentiate among patients with asthma, COPD or a normal lung function based on measurements of lung function and information about patient's symptoms. To develop accurate classification algorithms, data from 3657 patients were used and then independently verified using data from 1650 patients collected over a period of two years. Our results demonstrate that the expert diagnostic system can correctly identify patients with asthma and COPD with sensitivity of 96.45% and specificity of 98.71%. Additionally, 98.71% of the patients with a normal lung function were correctly classified, which contributed to a 49.23% decrease in demand for conducting additional tests, therefore decreasing financial cost.

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  • 2018