Gana combines AI and blockchain for medical use
June 19, 2018
Green & Nature Association (Gana) Technologies, an Estonia-based blockchain project, is helping create optimised narrow artificial intelligence (ANI) for individuals and research groups in the medical sphere.
Gana is attracting investments and creating a mobile application that will serve two main purposes: smart digital personal assistance for the patients; and collection of data for responsible AI training.
Investing in the development of narrow artificial intelligence for medicine has been trending lately. Hundreds of companies, including such giants as IBM, Google and NVidia, are working on their own ANI.
Stress, pollution and population ageing are creating a demand for increasing the accuracy of diagnosis and quality of medical services. ANI's ability to process vast amounts of records and search for patterns and correlations can help medicine enter the new age.
One of the most promising areas where ANI can be implemented is personalised medicine. The idea of tailored approach to patients has been around for centuries, but quality personalised medicine only became really possible with the emergence of advanced data analytics methods. ANI can also be used in early detection of diseases and abnormalities, to find the best treatment, interpret CT scans and perform tests, and discover new drugs.
Using ANI in medicine, though, poses a certain danger: if the group that provides the data for AI training is too small or too specific, then AI can show the tendency for prejudice. Gana's developers had to find a way to solve this problem.
The company will use blockchain technologies to ensure the transparency of the learning process and every manipulation with user data. The data will be collected from a large community of Gana's mobile application users – medical institutes, patients, researchers, drug producers and distributors – thus providing a sufficiently large amount of diverse data to reduce chances of bias.
The need for quality medical services grows every year. Now, in the age of high echnology that is entering virtually every sphere, Gana says implementation of high technologies in medicine becomes one of the most lucrative fields for investments.