AI aids effective and efficient TB detection in PH

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According to the World Health Organization, the Philippines has one of the highest burdens of tuberculosis (TB) in the world. In 2023 alone, over 600,000 cases were recorded, and since then the national government has allocated more funding to combat the disease.

As artificial intelligence (AI) spread across numerous industries, including the medical field, the entry of AI provides an opportunity to adopt more modern solutions to assist healthcare professionals in identifying and diagnosing diseases more accurately and effectively.

Recently, Advanced Abilities AI Smart Scan launched its portable AI-driven x-ray system, which can detect 32 pathologies and/or conditions, including TB. It can deliver up to 200 scans in 8 hours, cutting turnaround times from days to minutes, allowing timely intervention and enhanced patient outcomes.

Advanced Abilities hosted a medical outreach in Romblon, and utilized AI Smart Scan to evaluate 503 patients, where 424 of them had findings, with 63 of them having detected TB.

Angelo Antonio Buendia, CEO of Advanced Abilities shared, “We believe that this shift towards AI-assisted technology is the right direction for the local healthcare system to improve its performance and speed up TB detection.”

Furthermore, he added, “The progressive advancement of technology is giving us more opportunities to find ways to keep up the fight against TB. As such, we are looking forward to developing our devices and conducting more outreach programs that can help more Filipinos possibly catch early signs of the disease.”

With AI technology being gradually woven into both local and international healthcare systems, ushering AI Smart Scan into the Philippines should potentially contribute to lessening the number of tuberculosis cases with its quick turnaround times. This investment will be a step into a more modern and progressive healthcare system that will benefit the lives of Filipinos.

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