Recent analyses have highlighted how artificial intelligence (AI) solutions are transforming Thailand’s healthcare sector, with new technologies designed to enhance patient care, ease the workload of medical professionals, and address personnel shortages.
In an illustrative example, a partnership has been recently initiated among the Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj Hospital, under Mahidol University, and local AI startup Cariva (Thailand). This collaboration aims at employing AI technology in order to better medical treatment and spur the development of innovative healthcare products and services.
Within this initiative, four related projects have been commenced, including the establishment of the SiCAR Ai Lab. This is a platform for testing and developing medical AI tools, and intends to provide Thai startups with the capacity to develop more efficient medical AI solitions, contributing to improved patient diagnosis and bolstering the medical AI ecosystem.
Another interesting example involves Cariva’s partnership with Mahidol University’s Radiology Department. The parties are currently working on AI solutions capable of reading and analyzing images of tumors.
Further initiatives with the Siriraj Genomics Centre are expected to result in the development of new products, including NanoPGx, a nanopore-based pharmacogenomics offering which enables the analysis of genes with potential medicine allergies, catering to both local and international patients.
Data sharing is a key factor in the progress of AI in healthcare. The National Science and Technology Development Agency, the Public Health Ministry’s Department of Medical Services, and Ramathibodi Hospital’s Faculty of Medicine at Mahidol University are promoting medical AI data sharing.
It is also worth highlighting that the Electronic Transactions Development Agency has recently signed an agreement with Mahidol University to pilot the use of AI in the medical sector.