AI will trans­form health­care sec­tor

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS -

en­cour­ag­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion of med­i­cal big data since 2015 as well as rolling out poli­cies deal­ing with AI de­vel­op­ment in the health­care in­dus­try.

The Min­istry of Science and Tech­nol­ogy, and the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion launched a blue­print to sup­port med­i­cal in­no­va­tion dur­ing the 13th FiveYear Plan (2016-20).

This in­volved guide­lines on re­search in tech­niques in bio­science, pre­ci­sion medicine and med­i­cal AI.

Last year, Fire­stone In­vent­ing re­vealed in its re­port that med­i­cal AI in­vest­ment topped 2.58 bil­lion yuan, which was a jump of 193 per­cent com­pared to the same pe­riod in 2015.

Ma­jor tech com­pa­nies such as IBM, Google Inc, Mi­crosoft Corp, Alibaba Group Hold­ing Ltd and Ten­cent Hold­ings Ltd are all mov­ing into the field of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence.

In 2016, Baidu Inc launched its “Med­i­cal Brain” sys­tem, us­ing AI to help doc­tors across China.

“Only 4.8 per­cent of the ur­ban pop­u­la­tion go to see a doc­tor when they feel sick,” said Fan Wei, di­rec­tor of Baidu’s big data lab.

“Up to 89 per­cent of the on­line pop­u­la­tion search the in­ter­net for med­i­cal knowl­edge,” Fan added. “Baidu Zhi­dao, the ques­tion and an­swer sec­tion on search en­gine Baidu, re­ceives 10 mil­lion med­i­cal in­quiries ev­ery day. So, the mar­ket for AI in the health­care sec­tor is huge.”

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