MDES joins hands with HUAWEI, provides 5G solution and AI Technology
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MDES joins hands with HUAWEI, provides 5G solution and AI Technology

to Siriraj Hospital, aims to support Thailand in fighting COVID-19 and enhance capabilities of diagnosis and patient monitoring

In Picture – Mr. Buddhipongse Punnakanta (4th left), Digital Economy and Society Minister; Mrs. Nussaba Punnakanta (2nd left), Wife to the Minister; Mr. Ekasit Kunanantakul (1st left), Secretary to the Minister of Digital Economy and Society; together with Mr. Abel Deng (3rd left), CEO, Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd., provide AI-assisted solution with 5G technology which aims to help output diagnosis result automatically, quickly, and correctly through high-speed network to Siriraj Hospital, led by Professor Dr. Prasit Watanapa (5th left) M.D., Dean of Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Associate Professor Visit Vamvanij (6th left) M.D., Director, Siriraj Hospital, and Associate Professor Pipat Chiewvit (7th left) M.D., Head of Radiology, Department Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University.

The Digital Economy and Society Ministry, together with Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd., are providing AI-assisted solutions with 5G technology to Siriraj Hospital with the aim of enabling output diagnosis results automatically, quickly, and correctly through a high-speed network. This world-class technology will strengthen Thai medical staff capabilities to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic effectively.

Talking about the cooperation, Mr. Buddhipongse Punnakanta, Digital Economy and Society Minister, stated that, “In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic situation in Thailand, we cannot be at ease. The government and DES ministry therefore attach great importance to enhancing the performance of Thai medical staff by implementing integrated digital technologies using 5G, artificial intelligence (AI), big data and cloud computing. Thanks to its high-speed connection, high accuracy and smart advantages, the 5G technology in particular will revolutionise the healthcare system in Thailand. It enables more effective and efficient medical uptakes with remote monitoring, improved resource allocation and data collection. Application of 5G to public health demonstrates how digital infrastructure can have a significant impact on people's health during a major emergency.”

Prof. Dr. Prasit Watanapa, Dean at the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, said, “The COVID-19 diagnosis with CT method of evaluation and treatment requires multiple rechecks and image reviews for some patients. The AI technology can help doctors analyse CT quantification results of cases of infection with high accuracy. It helps the doctor analyse CT quantification results with high accuracy, reducing the time taken for image analysis to as fast as 25 seconds per case. Thus it can greatly help reduce the workload of Thai medical personnel in this situation. Thanks to 5G features such as high-speed connection, high reliability and low latency, the healthcare system benefits from improved response times, patient monitoring, data collection and analytics, remote collaboration and resource allocation.”

Mr. Abel Deng, CEO of Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd., adds, “Telecommunications operators rapidly set up a specific 5G network dedicated to COVID-19 treatment hospitals to relief network congestion and guarantee quality of medical care service. Huawei, as a leading organization in technology and a good enterprise citizenship in Thailand, aims to enhance capabilities of Thai medical staff, by providing the AI solution from HUAWEI CLOUD and HUAWEI 5G technology, which will help with diagnosis, operation and cooperation within Siriraj Hospital. This will be the commencing point of using digital technology thoroughly in the Thai public health sector, also the cloud technology will improve the quality of medical service into the new level.”

The AI-assisted solution based on HUAWEI CLOUD technology is co-developed by Huawei and HY Medical, a China enterprise that is a leading expert in the AI medical industry, focusing on medical imaging through artificial intelligence, with the technology of computer vision and deep learning. This technology leverages the computer vision and medical image analysis technologies to segment multiple pulmonary ground glass opacities (GGOs) and lung consolidation and make quantitative evaluations through CTs of patients' lungs. It can provide result of image analysis in as little as 25 seconds per case, can help doctors more accurately distinguish between early, advanced, and severe stages of COVID-19. In addition, at least 20 hospitals in China have adopted the technology to handle COVID-19 and follow up with training and optimization. Thus the solution has become more efficient, achieving an accuracy rate of 96% with a DICE score exceeding 85.

The 5G network will enhance the effectiveness of medical services in hospitals by guaranteeing quality high-speed connections with high reliability and low latency. The healthcare system will benefit from improved response times and increase upload efficiency by 3-4 times compared to WiFi, patient monitoring, data collection and analytics, remote collaboration and resource allocation. It also sets an example for innovative digitalized, data driven and cloud-based major public emergency responses.

Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd. recently rolled out the AI solution for COVID-19 diagnosis to Ramathibodi Hospital. The company also delivered a Huawei Telemedicine Video Conference Solution to the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand as part of its plans for coping with COVID-19. The real-time and fully-functional teleconference system solution can facilitate Thai medical staff to work more smoothly and doctors can monitor and diagnose patients from everywhere using their smart devices. Most importantly, it reduces the risk of infection among Thai medical teams.

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