By Bronte H. Lacsamana, Reporter 

A PLATFORM that uses artificial intelligence (AI) can analyze X-ray and CT (computerized tomography) scans within minutes, allowing patients to consult a doctor immediately.  

Unveiled on Monday by technology solutions provider Advanced Abilities and healthcare maintenance organization Maxicare, AI SmartScan taps a database of around six million images to detect up to 25 chest pathologies, including tuberculosis, pneumonia, COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), smoker’s disease, enlarged heart, and lung cancer.  

“We are able to eliminate so many factors that can add to a patient’s distress. In that sense, we are able to democratize patient care through an innovative solution that will invariably reduce hospitalization and rescue the already overburdened healthcare infrastructure in the country,” said Christer P. Cruz, chief technology officer of Advanced Abilities, at the launch. 

The system, which allows healthcare professionals to give faster medical advice backed up by data, is the first of its kind in the Philippines, the startup said.   

“We figured that one of the keys in limiting the contagion is rapid diagnosis. Through the quick end-to-end health screening solution provided by the AI SmartScan, we are able to complete the process even before health risks become aggravated,” said Christian S. Argos, chief executive officer of HMO Maxicare.  

AI SmartScan is available to Maxicare members at clinics in Eton Centris in Quezon City, Ayala North Exchange in Makati City, and in Cebu.  

“Through our partnership, we aim to boost healthcare infrastructure in the country for the benefit of the people. Technological advances, after all, particularly artificial intelligence, hold an enormous position in saving the lives of millions of people around the world,” said Advanced Abilities chief executive officer Angelo Antonio Buendia in a statement.