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Microsoft Korea and Samsung Seoul Hospital sign new MOU

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Samsung Seoul Hospital has recently partnered with Microsoft Korean in order to build a new artificial intelligence precision medical system, utilising Microsoft Azure. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by both parties at the Samsung Medical Centre (SMC) on Monday.

The agreement covers the sharing of information and analysing of medical data within this new cloud platform, which will enable better informed clinical decision surrounding the delivery of patient care. The technology will also allow the growth of disease-specific prediction models.

Microsoft Korea will work to implement the IT infrastructure required in order to undertake essential medical data processing and analysis. SMC will also work to promote three new AI pilot research projects, which cover genome data, sleep data and image and video data.

"I am confident that Samsung and Microsoft will collaborate in the medical AI field to confirm the feasibility of cloud-based AI research that is expected to be activated in the future, and to achieve substantial results," commented Soondong Koh, Chief Executive Officer at Microsoft Korea. “We look forward to continuing to work together to build AI-based precision medical systems. "

"The signing of this MOU is meaningful in that it meets medical and IT technologies and provides practical solutions to improve the quality of life,” he added.

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"By actively supporting Microsoft's world-class AI, machine learning, and cloud technologies, we will help Samsung Medical Center achieve stable and successful digital transformation in the medical field.”

The company will work to create a new deep learning system which will house the ability to predict lung fibrosis accuracy through the use of image data, such as X-rays. A deep learning algorithm will also be implemented surrounding the use of sleep data, in order to predict chronic, long-term conditions such as sleep apnoea.

SMC has also worked strenuously to develop a new medical research information platform as a result of its ambitions to create a new health-centered AI infrastructure. Through utilising Microsoft’s artificial intelligence algorithm and cloud infrastructures, the two company’s have built new AI models for disease specific AI diagnosis, such as diagnosing early stage cancers.

Additionally, the agreement will see Microsoft provide essential training to SMC’s medical staff to ensure they are fully aware of the long-term advantages of AI and how it will complement up and coming healthcare-models.

The agreement furthers Samsung’s dive into the healthcare space, where its division, Samsung Electronics, is looking at building mental health programs through the use of virtual reality (VR) technology. The tech giant has partnered with Gangnam Severance Hospital and FNI with ambitions to deliver this service to acute care settings by 2018.

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