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HOSPITALS have been a big beneficiary of AI applications.

Shanghai Children’s Medical Center, a trial site designated by Shanghai authorities for development of artificial intelligence, is using algorithm technology to assist in disease diagnosis and screening.

The project draws on community health-care service centers, hospitals and AI companies like FitGreat, Yitu Healthcare, Shanghai Synyi Medical Technology Co, Deepwise and CloudSteth.

Artificial intelligence technology is being aimed at processes that often cause problems for patients and hospital staff, such as diagnosis, medical appointments and management of physician and nursing shifts.

An online platform that integrates health-care service providers in the Pudong New Area has been unveiled, and is using robotic voice assistants to diagnose mild symptoms and guide patients to relevant help, such as general practitioners and medical clinics.

For those who need to see specialists, an automatic referral process is available to save waiting times in hospitals.

A robotic assistant has been installed for six months at the inpatient wards at the Pediatric Respiratory Department of Shanghai Children's Medical Center.

It helps monitor real-time vital signs to save the work of nurses handling patients who are critically ill or need special care as well as to assist people with procedures to be followed upon discharge from hospital.

A separate hand-held smart device has been invented at the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center in collaboration with two technology partners after collecting hundreds of thousands of clips of heart sounds to be used for the machine to learn about the voice abnormalities among patients with heart defects.

The first generation of the device is already being exported abroad and the second generation is widely used in eight Chinese provinces to help grassroots medical institutions detect congenital heart defects.

“We’re sharing the technologies with other hospitals, where physicians might not have enough experience to diagnose congenital heart defects,” said Zhao Liebin, deputy chairman of the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center.

Zhao and his industry counterparts are urging the National Medical Products Administration to adopt a fast-track approval process for screening and diagnosis devices that incorporate artificial intelligence functions.

Ma Handong, co-founder and vice president of Shanghai Synyi Medical Technology Co, said more top hospitals in recent years are willing to embrace artificial intelligence to help solve problems.

The company’s “clinical-decision support system” for childhood pneumonia is being used at the Children’s Medical Center, and critical patient information is being integrated into a management platform to cope with emergencies and eliminate human mistakes.

Shanghai-based United Imaging has developed an AI solution that covers the whole process of imaging, screening, diagnosis and follow-up visits.

Its AI-assisted compressed sensing MRI saves time, especially for pediatric patients.


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