A project to support doctors in image diagnosis through AI is being implemented by local conglomerate Vingroup.
At the National Forum on Developing Vietnam Technology Companies, “Aspiration, Vision and Strategy for a Prosperous Vietnam”, held on May 9 in Hanoi, Vingroup Vice President Ms. Le Thi Thu Thuy said it is implementing the “Doctor Assistant” project with the goal of improving the quality of healthcare in the country. In charge of the project is Professor Truong Quoc Hung, Director of the VinTech’s VinBrain Institute, under Vingroup, who was formerly a senior leader at Google.
“The US’s healthcare market is worth more than $3 trillion dollars a year,” Ms. Thuy said. “But diagnosis via imagery is not always correct, and this is responsible for about 10 per cent of all deaths. There are no similar figures for Vietnam, but incorrect diagnoses are probably higher here.”
Professor Hung is leading the application of AI combined with computer vision technology and natural language processing (NLP) technology to help minimize diagnostic errors. “If successful, the group will donate the application to all hospitals nationwide,” Ms. Thuy said.
AI is considered a fundamental technology in digital transformation in industries, sectors, organizations, and businesses. It is expected to contribute $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030, and 40 per cent of digital transformation initiatives this year will use AI technology.
Vingroup is implementing technology development and application by establishing a research department, investing in new technologies and applying them in products, partnering with leading companies and approaching core technology, training human resources, and expanding its network into developed countries.