The AI/RHEUM knowledge-based computer consultant system in rheumatology. Performance in the diagnosis of 59 connective tissue disease patients from Japan

Arthritis Rheum. 1988 Feb;31(2):219-26. doi: 10.1002/art.1780310210.


AI/RHEUM is a knowledge-based computer consultant system for the diagnosis of rheumatic diseases. Its diagnostic accuracy was evaluated using information that was supplied by Japanese rheumatologists on 59 patients with connective tissue diseases. The diagnoses of the AI/RHEUM model were in full or partial agreement with those of the Japanese rheumatologists in 54 of 59 cases (92%). Preliminary evaluation of the criteria tissue disease showed a sensitivity of 90% and a specificity of 96%.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Connective Tissue Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Diagnosis, Computer-Assisted*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Japan
  • Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic / diagnosis
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Software