10 March 2021
MCIT Launches Project to Use AI in Early Detection of Diabetic Retinopathy


The Applied Innovation Center (AIC), affiliated to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), is collaborating with Alexandria University in carrying out a joint project for developing a system that will help detect early signs of diabetic retinopathy, capitalizing on digital mechanisms and Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered fundus imaging and image analysis. This comes within MCIT strategy for building Digital Egypt.
 
As a pilot project, a campaign was launched in Alexandria for detecting early signs of diabetic retinopathy capitalizing on AI, targeting 7,000-10,000 people with diabetes. The system is to be applied on a large scale nationwide after being developed.
 
Servier, the French leader and one of Europe’s largest companies, contributed to the early detection campaign, providing six retinal cameras through its e-health division, WeHealth Digital Medicine. This comes as part of Servier’s efforts to support research and development (R&D) in diabetes and help serve people with diabetes in Egypt, for more than 40 years.
 
Moreover, AIScreenings is a key partner of the project. AIScreenings is a French company specializing in developing AI-based healthcare systems. It provides a world-class technological solution for the early detection of diabetic retinopathy capitalizing on AI.
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