UAE Introduces AI Technology to Ease Visa Process with Enhanced TB Screening

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The results of the pilot research showed that the technology may cut radiologist effort by 80% without missing a single case of TB.

Development of AIRIS-TB by M42

A revolutionary X-ray system powered by AI will enhance operational efficiency in visa processing, allow for increased daily throughput, and speed the reporting of tuberculosis (TB) tests. It will also reduce up to 80% of the work for radiologists.

M42, a worldwide tech-enabled health firm based in Abu Dhabi, created AIRIS-TB, a chest X-ray for tuberculosis screening centers powered by artificial intelligence. Over the course of two years, AIRIS-TB was tested in over one million scans at the Capital Health Screening Centre (CHSC), M42's premier visa screening center, according to Abu Dhabi Health Data Services. Results from the pilot research showed that the technology may save radiologist effort by 80% without missing a single tuberculosis case.

Benefits of Automating Tuberculosis Screening

Capital Health Screening Centre CEO Ali Alsaffar said that the facility will be able to process an "unprecedentedly large number" of visa applications because of the automation.

The radiology crew at our screening center evaluates hundreds of images every day, an arduous and labor-intensive task. During Abu Dhabi Global Healthcare Week, Alsaffar stated that AI proposes a revolutionary change as it functions without such limits, in contrast to manual screening, which is restricted by the number of images a radiologist can analyze.

"In a lot of cases, AI can reduce wait times by providing fast and efficient screening services. This will allow us to process a record-breaking number of visa applicants and drastically improve the turnaround time," Alsaffar stated.

The device employs sophisticated AI to identify anomalies in X-rays and promptly notifies radiologists of any suspicious data. The process is made more efficient, and the range of visa screening is extended beyond tuberculosis. Because of this time savings, radiologists will be able to improve health outcomes and the visa screening process for residents by detecting other diseases and referring patients for follow-up.

The goal of AIRIS-TB is to revolutionize healthcare delivery and the patient experience, not only to improve technology. The fact that it has created new worldwide standards in tuberculosis screening is a strong indication of the complementary strengths of our group, which seek to address urgent health issues through technical innovation," stated Ashish Koshy, group COO of M42.

This technology will be made available to additional screening providers through M42's Abu Dhabi Health Data Services' Malaffi, Abu Dhabi Health Information Exchange.

In M42's Capital Health Screening Centre, the company's flagship visa screening facility, CEO Kareem Shahin said, "Deployed at M42’s flagship visa screening facility, it represents a significant stride forward for medical technology in the UAE." The technology simplifies screening and enhances diagnosis accuracy, as Shahin pointed out.

Improving healthcare providers' access to dependable resources and maximizing patient care are our top priorities. If AIRIS-TB is indeed implemented in Malaffi, it will greatly expand the availability of this technology to screening centers and healthcare institutions in Abu Dhabi that are seeking to expand their operations, enhance their efficiency, and deliver better treatment.

Worldwide, TB screening will be rethought with the help of AIRIS-TB because of its demonstrated safety, effectiveness, and clinical impact.

Potential Uses and Advancements for the Future

According to Alsaffar, when doctors have more time to focus on complex chest radiography results, they can better assist visa applicants by detecting opportunistic infections. We are excited to expand the idea to the ADNOC Occupational Medical Center, which is under our control, because it is scalable.

Without altering the present TB screening methodology, M42 is aiming to improve AIRIS-TB and investigate its potential uses in other diagnostic domains, such as opportunistic screening of other illnesses.

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