The Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs (MNGHA) has celebrated the completion of the first phase of the healthcare Artificial Intelligence (AI) projects, where MNGHA has worked on many AI development projects with Seoul National University Bundang Hospital (SNUBH) and the National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA) in South Korea, to implement the initial analysis and reporting of medical images and information used in the diagnosis and treatment of several diseases. Medical imaging is one of the most important sources of medical information, as its data constitutes the first diagnostic method in many clinical cases.
It is essential to highlight that the projects have started in the second half of 2020. And they were completed at the beginning of this year 2021, as part of a memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs, with Seoul National University Bundang Hospital (SNUBH), and the National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA) in South Korea.
A joint team of MNGHA, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital (SNUBH), and the National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA), which included physicians, data science and artificial intelligence experts, and IT specialists, has handled the projects. The clinical domains covered in the project's first phase are colon cancer, Alzheimer’s, strokes, heart diseases, and epilepsy.
The artificial intelligence projects are part of MNGHA’s digital transformation that the organization has been journeying through to continuously enhance the quality of healthcare services and patients’ safety and operate with the highest level of efficiency.
Lastly, the MNGHA has ensured the strong involvement of the national cadres in the artificial intelligence projects, with the key aim of knowledge transfer in order to enable the localization of such cutting-edge technologies in the future.