Smart solutions to healthcare problems showcased at Taiwan's Smart City Summit

The future of healthcare lies in AI developments, say startup organizations

John Griffiths of Safehouse Technology

John Griffiths of Safehouse Technology (Taiwan News photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) have provided a framework on which innovative solutions can be developed to improve daily life, said President of DIABNEXT Richard Binier.

DIABNEXT was one of 6 global startups presenting new applications and technological developments at a special conference dedicated to showcasing the role of AI in the smart healthcare industry during today’s (Wednesday, March 27) Smart City Summit & Expo.

Binier introduced the company’s new app SNAPCARBS, which allows users to calculate daily sugar and carbohydrate intake via photo-recognition technology. Once a user takes a photograph of their meal using the app, it accurately estimates nutritional information by comparing it to a similar image and the attached information in the company’s system database, Binier explained.

The app is compatible with other DIABNEXT products like CLIPSULIN, said Binier, which transmits insulin pen data to a smartphone log-book, making health management simpler and easier for people living with diabetes.

CTO of Safehouse Technology John Griffiths presented the company’s new solution to preserving the safety of the aging population—a pertinent concern in Taiwan, which is set to become a “super-aged society” by 2026.

Safehouse is a discreet data aggregator, Griffiths said, which remotely monitors in-home conditions like temperature and humidity that upon hitting certain thresholds can present health threats to the elderly. It also detects power cuts and removal, as well as when a person may have fallen using both audio and infrared heat-map technologies.

Data can be relayed to individually-assigned carers or a “circle of care” network via IoT to determine the necessary response to a particular incident, said Griffiths.

In addition to products for personal and commercial use, some of the start-ups presented solutions to aid medical professionals with public welfare provision.

Taiwan-based Soteria Biotech showcased an oral scanner and dental impression detector that can provide doctors with an accurate diagnosis to airway obstruction problems within 15 minutes.

Joe Yeh, CEO of Web-based medical image analysis company aetherAI, said the business is already providing digital pathology solutions to partners National Taiwan University Hospital and Chang Gung Memorial Hospital.