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Taiwan uses AI to promote Smart Healthcare efficiency

National Health Insurance Administration defends use of 64.9 billion files collected over 25 years

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Vice President Lai Ching-te (center, seated) at the celebration of 25 years of national health insurance Tuesday 

Vice President Lai Ching-te (center, seated) at the celebration of 25 years of national health insurance Tuesday  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) will make use of 64.9 billion information files collected over 25 years of National Health Insurance history to benefit the public at large, Radio Taiwan International reported Tuesday (Oct. 27).

Vice President Lai Ching-te (賴清德) was invited to a National Health Insurance Administration seminar and exhibition on Tuesday that spotlighted the current results of coupling health insurance data with AI. The event featured a computer imaging system that helps to locate pancreatic cancer with an accuracy rate of 91.1 percent.

Another AI-assisted procedure that was highlighted made it possible to shorten brain tumor analysis from 10 minutes to 30 seconds, while the patient only had to wait for the diagnosis for half a day instead of two weeks.

The National Health Insurance Administration assured the public that it will protect the privacy of those connected to the 64.9 billion files, including 2.2 billion collected in the last two years. Due to a recent amendment, private businesses can apply to use information about deceased citizens in their efforts to improve health management and illness prevention, the administration said.