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Artificial intelligence to be introduced into Kazakhstan’s healthcare system

by January 29, 2018 General

Minister of Healthcare Yelzhan Birtanov elaborated on the operation of artificial intelligence, which is being introduced into the country’s healthcare system.

Last year, the Ministry of Healthcare and IBM signed a memorandum of cooperation on the introduction of artificial intelligence in health care. Kazakhstan has become the 16th country in the world that will implement artificial intelligence in the healthcare sector, � the Minister said, speaking at the Government hour in the Majilis.

According to him, currently the information systems of the Ministry have 14 terabytes of data, which have been accumulated since 2005. It is comparable to 5.8 billion pages of text. The Head of the Ministry of Healthcare believes that this significant amount of data needs to be processed using the Big-data and artificial intelligence technologies. They allow conducting a thorough computer analysis of the problems and needs of the health care system, Yelzhan Birtanov noted.

An example of such technologies is the Watson artificial intelligence. To date, we have uploaded into the system 100 000 impersonal records of patients registered with an oncologist. In February, we will receive recommendations from IBM on the treatment of these patients. Watson analyzes this medical data – textbooks, scientific publications and all sorts of clinical protocols, and literally within one minute gives recommendations on the priority of treatment. More specifically � what technologies, which doctors can apply the most effective methods of treatment, and also links to scientific publications, � he said.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan