Google’s healthcare unit Verily developed machine learning algorithm that diagnoses people with diabetic blindness, now deployed in hospital in India and soon worldwide

February 26, 2019

  • Diabetic Blindness Screening AI – Google and healthcare unit Verily developed machine learning algorithm that can screen people for diabetic eye disease, such as diabetic retinopathy (DR) and diabetic macular edema (DME)
  • How It Works – Patient is imaged using fundus camera, a low-power microscope with attached camera, with image uploaded to algorithm, which then screens patient for DR and DME
  • Deployment – AI deployed in Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India as its first real world clinical use case
  • Benefits – Early detection can prevent blindness, with AI giving doctors more time to treat the disease, while increasing volume of screenings performed
  • EU-Certified – Algorithm received European Union certification for meeting medical device standards
  • Expansion – Has expanded research efforts in Rajavithi Hospital in Thailand in late 2018, and will broaden reach worldwide in 2019

Image Source: Google Blog

Image Source: Google Blog

Sector: Healthcare/Health Sciences
Organizations: Alphabet Inc., Verily Life Sciences LLC, Google Inc.

Original Publication Date: February 25, 2019

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