UNIST to work with Yonsei University Medical Center to carry out smart healthcare projects

By Kim Joo-heon Posted : January 10, 2022, 11:14 Updated : December 12, 2023, 23:01

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SEOUL -- A state research institute will collaborate with a university's medical center in Seoul by sharing its know-how in artificial intelligence and information technologies to jointly solve problems in the medical sector and develop new smart healthcare technologies.
Using artificial intelligence (AI) and information and communications technology (ICT), smart healthcare services provide personalized medical services. By connecting a health monitoring device such as a wearable activity monitoring device and blood pressure gauge with smartphones, medical experts can help elderly individuals who need chronic disease management. As of March 2020, some 75,000 internet of things (IoT) sensors capable of detecting temperature, humidity and movements in real-time were deployed to the homes of single-household elderly residents in Seoul.
The Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) said in a statement on January 10 that the institute will work with Yonsei University Medical Center for the development of smart healthcare solutions including a brain MRI analytics model for the monitoring of the nervous developmental status of premature babies. A total of 200 million won ($167,000) will be injected into the project that will research and develop nine smart healthcare technologies. Yonsei medical center's director Yoon Dong-seop said that the collaborative research project will solve problems in the medical sector and develop new innovative medical solutions using AI and information technologies. 
In March 2021, UNIST opened a smart healthcare research center to carry out research on mobile diagnostics and digital healthcare with a particular focus on work-related injuries and illnesses. Rehabilitation robots and sensor-based virtual reality are being developed at the center. The university also signed a business agreement with domestic mobile carrier LG Uplus to demonstrate AI image recognition and radar-based healthcare monitoring solutions utilizing 5G communication technologies.
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