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Artificial intelligence and Big Data being used to diagnose cancer in Africa

A number of African hospitals have adopted the technology that fuses Artificial intelligence with Big Data in order to help medical professionals diagnose cancer in patients. Swiss firm Sophia Genetics developed the cutting edge technologies that combine data and medicine. One of its products is an artificial intelligence solution that analyses swathes of genetic data in a bid to help diagnose patients with cancer and congenital disorders.

It has now emerged according to Sophia Genetics that a number of leading African hospitals in Morocco, South Africa and Cameroon have adopted the technology to identify mutations in a patient's genomic profile that may cause disease. It is believed that the hospitals in Africa have joined a worldwide network of around 260 which will contribute significantly to expanding Sophia's knowledge base and will inevitably make diagnosing diseases in a quicker and much more efficient way.

Sophia Genetics co-founder Jurgi Camblong said that Africa is now embracing technology and is breaking down the technological barriers that had previously prevented it from benefiting from the same level of testing in other parts of the world. The co-founder said, "By joining our community, African hospitals are breaking down the technological barriers that prevented African patients from benefiting from the same level of genomic testing than patients from the best medical centers worldwide. This is a story about accessibility, democratization, empowerment, and hope."

The research indicates clearly that a lack of early detection has resulted in a higher percentage of women dying of breast cancer in Africa than that of their counterparts in the US and the EU. Lack of diagnostics mean that 60% of women in Africa with breast cancer will die every year, while in the US and EU that percentage is 20%.

Sophia breaks across borders and can give hospitals access to genomic information they might not have otherwise had access to, and that's not just here in Africa, it's global. It's a very cool system that uses some of the most forward thinking technology available to humanity at the moment and we applaud all the hospitals using this tech to help diagnose diseases that kill millions each year.