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Tencent Launches New Products to Enhance Medical Imaging Management

During the 83rd China International Medical Device Expo, Tencent announced two new products that could enable safe medical data sharing between consumers and medical professionals.

In a bid to drive the digital transformation of the world’s medical and healthcare industries, Tencent, a China-based technology company will be offering two new products that will enhance medical imaging management for patients and sharing between healthcare professionals. These new products look to allow secure sharing of medical data with ease and also assist healthcare professionals in achieving better patient care and outcomes.

The first product, Tencent AIMIS Medical Image Cloud, allows patients to manage their own images generated by X-rays, CT scans and MRIs for sharing of medical data. Another product, the Tencent AIMIS Open Lab will Tencent’s medical AI capabilities with third parties, including scientific research institutions, universities, and scientific and technological innovation enterprises, to incubate medical AI applications.

As part of its effort to support the healthcare digital transformation, the Tencent AIMIS Image Cloud will achieve convenience for patients to share their medical images with their healthcare providers. Often, patients are unable to provide complete medical information during a medical review, especially when more than one healthcare professional is involved, this makes it challenging to support further diagnosis and might require a repeat in examination or test that has already been conducted.

Through the Tencent AIMIS Image Cloud, patients can give permission to medical professionals to access their original images and reports easily. This system would also provide patients with the power to manage personal data and authorize sharing or medical reports between hospitals to avoid unnecessary duplicate examinations, reducing waste of medical resources.

In addition, the Tencent AIMIS Image Cloud also connects medical institutions at all levels in the Medical Treatment Combination through Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) on the cloud, so patients can take examinations in primary medical institutions and obtain expert diagnosis remotely. Doctors can conduct online consultations through Tencent real-time audio and video facilities when they encounter difficult cases and they can conduct synchronous collaborative operations on images to communicate efficiently.

General pain points faced by those in the field of medical AI include, the lack of data sources, time-consuming labelling, lack of applicable algorithms, and difficulty meeting required computing power. The second product launched by Tencent, the Tencent AIMIS Open Lab is a one-stop intelligent service platform looking to provide secure storage and sufficient computing power from the Tencent Cloud. Tencent AIMIS Open Lab provides clinicians and technology enterprises with whole-process services such as data desensitization, access, annotation, the ability to model training, testing and applying, they can develop medical AI applications more efficiently, so as to promote the industry and its ecosystem.

During the 83rd China International Medical Device Expo, Tencent also announced an AI innovation competition aimed at medical institutions, universities, and technology start-ups. The competition invites clinicians to ask questions based on actual clinical application needs, and then invites teams to use digital technologies such as AI, big data, and cloud computing to solve these clinical medical problems.

“The medical industry is rife for technological innovation that can improve outcomes for patients and their doctors,” said Wang Shaojun, vice president of Tencent Healthcare.

“We are building comprehensive medical AI portfolio, including Tencent AIMIS, the Guide and Assistant Diagnosis System, and the Tumour Assistant Diagnosis System, which have been proved the feasibility of combining AI with medical treatment. We will deepen the open cooperation with industry partners to better address medical AI’s application problems, and develop solutions covering the entire healthcare process.”

Digital technology is now seen as the accelerator for the healthcare industry’s major upgrade. Tencent is making use of a wide range of new technologies to build up capabilities in connecting information and services to the patient.

As of now, Tencent has 23 products on its cloud platform that have been adapted through the comprehensive technical architecture of the China National Healthcare Security Administration, aiding in the development of China’s medical insurance informatization. Simultaneously, Tencent is opening its technical capabilities to international medical professionals, to jointly develop the digital transformation of the world’s medical and health industries. [APBN]