- MSIT holds briefing on launch of cross-validation of Dr. Answer with Saudi Arabia
Korea's homegrown medical AI system, dubbed "Dr. Answer," is making inroads into the global market.
Dr. Answer is AI-based software for medical use, whose development was led by Korea's Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) with KRW 48.8 billion investment (KRW 36.4 billion of public investment and KRW 12.4 billion of private investment) over the course of three years from 2018 to 2020. The project recorded 1,962 man-days, involving 26 healthcare institutions and 22 ICT firms participated in the development process of linking and analyzing various types of medical data, centering around the Asan Medical Center.
The Ministry of Science and ICT (led by Minister Choi Kiyoung) held a virtual briefing session with Saudi Arabia on the launch of cross-validation for the Dr. Answer application in Saudi Arabia from 4 p.m. on July 15.
The recent event was held to lay the foundation to export Dr. Answer by validating that the solution is accurate to ensure safety and clinical effectiveness outside the data set of Korean people (diagnosis information, medical image, genome information, etc.) as racial makeup and lifestyle are different in applications overseas.
Saudi Arabia will be able to introduce Dr. Answer for patient diagnosis in six hospitals under the Ministry of National Guard Heath Affairs (Dr. Bandar Al Knawy as CEO) when the validation of the software's clinical effects is completed.
Dr. Answer was selected as the best practice of the Korean government in fostering innovation at the 2019 Korean Government Innovation Fair, which can contribute to improving the quality of people’s lives by creating new markets and improving the quality of medical services through the convergence of ICT and medical services.
Dr. Answer consists of 21 AI software that can support frontline medical workers in predicting and diagnosing eight major diseases and clinical trials have been launched at 37 medical institutions in Korea.
In the Innovation Fair, the Saudi delegation headed by Dr. Knawy, a CEO of six hospitals under the Ministry of National Guard-Health Affairs announced its plan to introduce Doctor Answer. Experts such as Chief Information Officer Hazme Raed took part in the event as well.
Dr. Al Knawy said, "Saudi Arabia highly regards the ICT and medical technologies of Korea and we plan to push for cross-validation of five software types for four diseases such as cardiovascular disease and colon cancer which have high demand in Saudi Arabia."
Director General Kyung Hee Song of Software Policy Bureau at the Ministry of Science and ICT, head of the Korean Delegation extended her gratitude to the Saudi delegation for showing commitment for proactive collaboration between the two countries in the midst of challenges shared by the global community due to the spread of COVID-19.
In addition, Director General Song said, "the cross-validation of Doctor Answer is a good example in how AI medical software based on homegrown technologies can advance into overseas markets."
Director General Song also pledged to support Doctor Answer for it to provide high-quality medical services to people around the world.
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