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Huawei Is Providing TrackAI To Diagnose Blindness In Children

Huawei in partnership with the Spanish medical research institute, IIS Aragon, and the startup DIVE Medical are working on the TrackAI project. It will make use of Huawei smart devices and AI to save more children from eye diseases.


While Huawei’s medical angle may seem new, its fellow collaborators have been innovating on the medical scene for a while. For example, IIS Aragon and DIVE Medical have been developing a new type of medical device named DIVE (Device for an Integral Visual Examination).


Together they have designed the device to provide automatic, high-speed, and accurate visual function testing for children and infants as young as 6 months old.


According to Huawei’s blog post, the collaboration by the three firms began at the start of 2019. The post provides in-depth details on why this project will be useful. As Zhang Ruonan, who wrote the article, points out:


“Every day, 11,000 babies are born with a visual impairment and … around 19 million children in the world have a visual impairment.”


Meanwhile, the writer estimates that 70 to 80 percent of all cases are preventable or curable with early diagnosis. Sadly, only a small fraction — about one third — of this large number of victims get any form of treatment.

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Most times it is because parents do not have enough knowledge to recognise the symptoms. Also in developing countries, there may be a shortage of professional ophthalmologists who could help detect vision impairment in children.


In describing how the TrackAI will work, Ruonan writes:


“The system can display visual stimuli on the screen and track the child’s focus with an eye tracker. It can also learn the differences between children with and without an eye disease.


During the test, the patient watches the stimuli displayed on the MateBook E screen. The DIVE tracks the movement and reaction of the patient’s gaze in real time and then sends the data to the Huawei P30.


Finally, the Huawei P30 smartphone runs a pre-trained machine learning model powered by HiAI 2.0 to detect whether the patient has a visual impairment.”


An ophthalmologist will have to verify the TrackAI’s results. Non-specialist pediatric ophthalmologists can also interpret visual assessments. Thus, they could also identify which children have visual impairments with the simple results the device provides.


Huawei reports that medical institutes in China, Spain, Vietnam, Mexico, and Russia have started the data collection phase required to train the TrackAI algorithm. However, it confesses that the AI is far from being ready. But assures that it will become a reality soon.


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