Amazon's plan to mine GP data may be Christmas miracle

A new medical machine-learning program 'reads' clinical notes to draw inferences about patient health

It's that time of year when a certain bloke takes credit for flying millions of presents across the world.

Santa with stethoscope

Yes, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the $150 billion man.

His retail mega-corporation is celebrating one year since launching in Australia, but back in the US, it has announced its latest product, called Amazon Comprehend Medical.

It’s a machine-learning program that can supposedly analyse unstructured ­doctors’ notes and extract specific information such as diagnosis, treatment and symptoms.