Ghanaian Tech Expert, Dr Amo-Boateng, a lecturer at the University of Energy and Natural Resources has developed an Artificial Intelligence app to help diagnose malaria,  tuberculosis, diabetes and other diseases effectively.

The app was exhibited at the 2nd edition of the AI for Good Global Summit held by ITU.

It was in partnership with XPRIZE Foundation, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the United Nations agencies in Geneva.

The summit however, was aimed at bringing together successful teams in AI to demonstrate the potential to map poverty as well as use AI to assist the delivery of citizens.

Dr Amo-Boateng during his presentation,  indicated that the recent waves of AI hypes had broken out of the clinical setting.

According to him, it has been reaching people at home.

Especially, with patient-facing applications which empower individuals to better manage their long-term and chronic health conditions.

He explained that, with just a microscope adopter attached to a smartphone’s camera, the AI applications installed on the phone would run the images that were taken by the phone.

It will indicate the type, number, as well as stage of parasites that could be found in the body.

“For example, if you are testing for malaria, the AI analyses the image taken and tells you the type of malaria, the stage and number of parasites that are in the body,” he added.

He said with the app, doctors in rural communities, as well as individuals, could have accurate diagnoses without relying on clinical diagnoses alone.

During the summit, a new mobile app for medical diagnoses for newborn babies  was also exhibited by a Nigerian tech expert.

The app, he said, was aimed at providing a locus alternative for health workers in developing regions in the world to conduct critical diagnoses and save newborns’ lives.

Report by: Stephanie Horsu

Source: Daily Graphic