Google AI Project to Screen for Diabetic Eye Disease
Google AI Project
The Google AI (Artificial Intelligence) programme had launched in Thailand, to screen for diabetic eye disease. At a Google event which happened on 13th December in Bangkok, Google revealed their, to protect for a diabetic disease which causes permanent blindness, they had launched an AI programme in Thailand.
Google said in October, next year they would grant about $25 million globally, to use Google AI for good, like humanitarian and environmental projects.
This Thailand diabetes programme of Google announced in partnership with a Thai state-run Rajavithi Hospital, that followed a joint-study which found the Google AI programme to have an accuracy rate of 95 percent when it comes to disease detection, compared with 74 percent from opticians or eye doctor. This eye screening programme in Thailand follows a similar programme of Google in India, and this highlights a push by big tech companies to show the social benefits of new AI technologies.
Thailand is one of the world’s most important sugar producers, and also known as high sugar consumption is common amongst its 69 million population. According to Paisan Ruamviboonsuk, Ravajithi Hospital’s assistant director, ‘Thailand has only around 1,400 eye doctors for its 5 million diabetic patients, who are all at risk of the vision loss‘.
‘The programme is intended to achieve a nationwide eye screening rate of 60 percent, which is also the Thai government’s target‘ said by Ravajithi Hospital’s assistant director, Paisan. Since 2015, the Thailand government has been campaigning against behavior that can lead to diabetes and has made the diabetic eye screening one of the country’s national health indicators.
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