Opening the press conference, German Klimenko told that today the modern equipment is developing faster than doctors can learn to operate it. As the Presidential Adviser explained, “for example, the state buys modern tomographs, but the qualification of the doctors, who operate them, needs an extended upgrading.”
In order to enable doctors and patients fast to get recommendations based on the data of advanced technologies and equipment, the project “Third opinion” was launched, which is a globally unique diagnostics system that involves recognition of abnormalities from medical digital images (blood microscopy, radiogram, ultrasound scan, CT and MRT image).
At the core of the project is an application which can be used on a work computer or on a user’s smartphone. It works in connection with a neural network trained to recognize abnormalities in medical images. At the present time a beta version of the first project stage was launched, namely an analyzer of pathologic blood cells and recognition of eye ground abnormalities. At a later stage it will embrace such aspects as lungs radiograph, mammography, computed tomography, mobile ultrasonography.
“Since medicine is extra-national, and the standards of medical images are everywhere the same, this project can be perfectly exported to other countries,” German Klimenko noted.
According to the idea authors, the realization of such a large-scale and socially important project requires investment, without which it will be impossible to conduct high quality work involving specialists and doctors that will have to make the professional layout of the images.
As German Klimenko told, the Internet Development Institute started this work last year. However, the main difficulty of the project is in its immensity: “When speaking about blood cells abnormalities, 108 types are conditionally involved, but when we approach CT and MRT, more than 3000 abnormalities emerge, and there are few qualified doctors. The costs estimates reach tens of millions dollars”.
Upon the implementation of the project “Third opinion” on the scale that can really give a boost to the development of digital medicine, the international doctors’ coalition is indispensable: “I very much look forward to the support of Cuban doctors, we are also in conversation with the doctors of South American countries”, German Klimenko reported.
At the press conference it was announced that the project “Third opinion” will attract investment based on ICO (form of fundraising for new technological projects and startup companies via emission and selling of cryptocurrency to investors). It will make it possible to scale up the project and to involve the international programmers’ community, which organically fits into the modern concept of ICO.
“If we try to explain briefly, what the project shall do, it should save doctors from unnecessary work they do not need. The technology can deal with the diagnosis and the job of a doctor is to cure. A doctor will not spend 30–40 percent of his working hours on what a computer can do much faster. In this issue three key factors coincided: the first one is the presence of medical data itself, the second one is the qualified programmers, and the third one is the wish of the doctors to redevelop. The desire of investors to invest to it plays a fundamental role. That is why I hope we can do more than simply to
successfully launch the process, but finally to introduce to Russian regions a high quality medicine”, the Presidential Adviser concluded.
Among the speakers of the press conference there also were: Alexey Fedorov – the President of the Board of the Internet Development Institute, Evgeny Kuznetsov – the Director of subsidiary funds of joint-stock company “Russian venture company”, Sergey Rumyantsev – a member of the Board of Trustees of the Fund of the Internet Development Institute, Arkady Sandler – the head of “Artificial intelligence” direction of MTS.