AFRICA’S HOMEGROWN HEROES RADIFY - an AI solution by Envisionit Deep AI Africa is the youngest continent in the world, where pneumonia is the number one killer of children under five years of age, andwhere occupational lung diseases is prevalent. COVID-19 poses an increased threat to an already fragile systemwith under-resourced and overused healthcare facilities. The chest X-ray is the first line of investigation for pneumonia, the chief cause of COVID-related deaths, but with the demand for testing, prohibitive costs, and shortage of radiologists, it is vital for the healthcare sector to adopt technology to streamline processes. The volume of X-rays, CT scans and MRI’s generated have always outpaced the number of qualified radiologists. Using artificial intelligence, Envisionit Deep AI leverages machine learning and the expertise of specialist resources to provide an AI platform called RADIFY. RADIFY detects 20 major abnormalities on chest X-rays including COVID-19 pneumonia. It processes over 2000 X-rays per minute, making it 2000 times faster than a human being thus streamlining diagnosis and eliminating misdiagnoses through human error. It helps healthcare facilities to detect and prioritize cases for further testing and assessment. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, RADIFYwas offered free of charge to support hospitals, doctors and other public and private organizations using X-rays in the identification and treatment of the virus. RADIFY is available as a cloud-based solutionwhere images can be dragged and dropped for processing as well as an onsite solutionwhere it is integrated into existing IT infrastructure at a hospital. The RADIFYAI software and COVID platform was installed at hospitals in Northern Cape and Gauteng in South Africa and integrated with Picture Archiving and Communication Solutions (PACS), used for teleradiology remote and online support.
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