Quanta to customize AI medical cloud system for Taiwan health insurance administration
Bryan Chuang, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES

Quanta Computer has signed a MoU with Taiwan's National Health Insurance (NHI) Administration for donating a customized AI medical cloud computing integration system to facilitate use of huge medical images to develop AI-based models for medical application, according to the administration.

The system features integration of software developed by Quanta Research Institute with high-performance AI servers, highly expansible big data storage equipment and other hardware devices, and based on simple visual operation, it can enable researchers to undertake data engineering, data analysis, machine learning and other R&D work, said Quanta chairman Barry Lam.

NHI has accumulated 850 million pieces of structured medical data annually since the national health insurance program began in 1995, , according to the administration's director general Lee Po-chang. In line with the government's establishing environment for developing AI-based medical application using NHI data, the administration has finished de-identification of 1.6 billion CT, MRI and other types of medical images, Lee noted.

The administration in June 2019 started providing de-identified medical images for trial use to develop AI-based medical models, and 17 R&D teams - 10 from medical care companies and seven from academic organizations - had applied for using them as of the end of 2019, Lee said. Application of the AI-based medical models planned to be built includes parameter-based prognostication of diseases, assistant interpretation of lesions, prediction of post-surgery risks, Lee indicated.

The administration aims to systematically collect medical data, including retrospective ones, to set up thematic (such as lung cancers and breast cancers) databases in a bid to help build AI-based models used to interpret diseases and predict health conditions.

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