Krish Kupathil , Global Head, Hi-Tech and Digital, QuEST Global
Q: Please elaborate on QuEST’s AI solution that will enable healthcare professionals to accelerate the screening of COVID-19 patients with pneumonia symptoms.
A:QuEST Global is a global product engineering and lifecycle services company helping OEMs and Tier1 suppliers overcome their engineering challenges. We had recently developed a robust AI-powered solution that will enable healthcare professionals to accelerate the screening of COVID-19 patients with pneumonia symptoms.Using advanced deep learning models, this AI-powered diagnostic solutioncan sort and identify chest X-rays of patients with COVID-19.With an accuracy of more than 95%, the solution can be deployed on the cloud as a service, making it easily accessible on edge for healthcare professionals and end-users. The solution is backed by Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, which helps accelerate the development and deployment on machine learning models in a highly secure and trusted fashion.
Q: How will it help faster screening and immediate isolation?
A: As the pandemic continues to rage, our focus has been to deliver a solution that can support the healthcare professionals effectively. Since the fight against COVID-19 is all about faster screening and immediate isolation of maximum number of people, we aim to accelerate the screening time as much as possible. Our AI-based solution will make radiography examinations much faster by leveraging modern image diagnostic systems.As we continue to add more features, we aim to reduce the screening time to less than a minute.
Q: Can you explain the technology aspect behind it?
A:Our Medical Devices engineering teamdeveloped this technology demonstrator using chest X-rays of healthy individuals, patients with symptoms of pneumonia and COVID-19. These X-rays were used to train and build a deep neural network model that could identify the radiological patterns of pneumonia related to COVID-19 and highlight the suspicious ones, thus leading to faster screening of the disease. The AI-driven diagnostic solution, built on Microsoft Azure, empowers healthcare personnel in the fight against COVID-19 by reducing screening time, thereby enabling more testing capacity.
Q: How QuEST is developing reliable technologies for the medical device industry?
A: Over the years, QuEST has been working as a trusted thinking partner to the world’sleading companies in the medical devices industry, to co-engineer devices that help to improve lives of millions of people around the world. Our experience in imaging and non-imaging diagnostics, monitoring devices, therapeutic devices and information systems, has enabled integration and interoperability of medical devices to Hospital Information System (HIS), Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) and also implemented successful telemedicine anddata driven solutions for our global clients.
With our expertise in new-age technologies like deep learning, AI, IoT and machine learning, we have been developing comprehensive engineering solutions by using Azure IoT and Azure AI solutions. These solutions have been helping OEMs, and tier-one suppliers seamlessly take a giant leap in their digital transformation journey by making product development faster,while enhancing the safety and reliability of these products. Over the years, we have been delivering significant outcomes like reducing product recall rates by 30% and accelerated time to market by 20% for global leaders in the medical devices industry.