Thai hospital given AI support to fight Covid-19

Thailand’s Digital Economy and Society ministry and China’s Huawei Technologies have announced plans to provide artificial intelligence (AI) solutions and 5G technology to Siriraj Public Hospital in the fight against Covid-19.

“The AI technology can help doctors analyse computed tomography (CT) quantification results of infection cases with high accuracy, ” said Dr Prasit Watanapa, dean at the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital from Mahidol University on Wednesday.

“It can greatly help reduce the workload of medical personnel working with patients infected with Covid-19, ” he added.

The 5G network can assist the Covid-19 treatment hospitals to relieve network congestion and guarantee quality of medical care service, said Abel Deng, chief executive officer of Huawei Technologies (Thailand).

Abel said that AI-assisted solution based on Huawei cloud technology is co-developed by Huawei and HY Medical, a Chinese enterprise that focuses on AI medical industry, using medical imaging through artificial intelligence.

The AI technology leverages the computer vision and medical image analysis to segment multiple pulmonary ground glass opacities and lung consolidation and make quantitative evaluations through CTs of patients’ lungs.

Abel added that at least 20 hospitals in China have adopted the technology to handle the coronavirus cases.

Thailand’s Digital Economy and Society Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta, said the government has always prioritised enhancing the performance of medical staff by implementing integrated digital technologies using 5G, AI, big data and cloud computing.

On Wednesday, Thailand reported 30 new virus cases, raising the total number to 2,643 with two new deaths, bringing the death toll to 43. — Xinhua

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