AI and IoT-powered software detects diseases even before symptoms manifest: Haruto Iwata

Nandita Vijay, BengaluruWednesday, June 23, 2021, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

Artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are gaining pace across a wide range of applications in healthcare. Deep learning technologies that analyze images and recognize patterns, is also creating a huge potential in generating algorithms that are helping medical teams to diagnose diseases faster. Specifically AI and IoT-powered software can detect if a patient has an illness even before symptoms manifest, said Haruto Iwata, managing director, Fujifilm India.

Further deep-learning and AI technology will help detect suspected abnormalities indicative of COVID-19, tuberculosis, lung cancer, misplaced catheters.

Research indicates that AI-powered software can be designed to detect indicators of a certain disease in medical imaging such as MRIs, X-rays, and CT scans. Using such tools, doctors would be able to accurately diagnose patients and provide the best treatment to them at an early stage, improving the odds of disease or disorder prevention, he added.

Particularly, AI in healthcare has far-reaching potential to transform screening and diagnosis. The presence AI and robotics, aim to provide an effective and accurate method of personalized treatment to patients. Besides it allow the pharmaceutical development process to be automated, Iwata told Pharmabiz .

In recent times, healthcare is increasingly leveraging information technology to deliver smart systems aimed at speeding up health diagnostics and treatment. With India emerging as the best performing region for Fujifilm, it is our primary focus to offer healthcare solutions like AI and IoT. As our medical imaging technology business forms our core growth driver in India, contributing over 60% to the overall business revenues, we have been looking to provide the best products and services in the imaging space for the country, he said.

“Our innovations like FDR Nano and the FDR Xair are revolutionary. FDR Nano is designed to help reduce the burden on medical practitioners. It provides the much-needed ease to the healthcare professionals, with the option of various movements such as intuitive arm handling and free spin and slide, virtual grid software which helps decrease the image contrast resulting in high-resolution images, noise cancellation circuit, and energy saving. The FDR Xair is supported by Fujifilm’s advanced image processing and detector technology to offer instant, portable handy screening of Tuberculosis at any remote location. The equipment is designed in a way that the patient feels less intimidated by the prospect of an x-ray, more so, provides the feasibility of being used from the comfort of one’s home,” said Iwata.

Furthermore, healthcare technologies are the top-most priority during this pandemic. In partnership with, we are working towards making healthcare more accessible and affordable using AI. In fact, Fujifilm with this association is introducing new solutions designed with deep-learning and AI technology that will help detect suspected abnormalities indicative of Covid-19, tuberculosis, lung cancer and misplaced catheters, he said.