UNIST to work with Yonsei University Medical Center to complete smart healthcare projects


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SEOUL – A state research institute will collaborate with a university medical center in Seoul by sharing its know-how in artificial intelligence and information technology to jointly solve problems in the medical sector and develop new smart health technologies.

Using artificial intelligence (AI) and information and communication technologies (ICT), smart health services deliver personalized medical services. By connecting a health monitoring device such as a portable activity monitor and blood pressure monitor to smartphones, medical experts can help the elderly who need to manage chronic illness. In March 2020, some 75,000 Internet of Things (IoT) sensors capable of detecting temperature, humidity and motion in real time were deployed to the homes of single elderly people 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 to develop smart healthcare solutions, including a brain MRI scan model for monitoring nervous developmental status in premature babies. A total of 200 million won ($ 167,000) will be injected into the project, which will research and develop nine smart health technologies. Yonsei Medical Center Director Yoon Dong-seop said the collaborative research project will solve problems in the medical industry and develop new innovative medical solutions using AI and information technology.

In March 2021, UNIST opened a Smart Healthcare Research Center to conduct research on mobile diagnostics and digital healthcare, with a particular focus on workplace accidents and occupational diseases. Rehabilitation robots and sensor-based virtual reality are being developed at the center. The university also signed a business agreement with national mobile operator LG Uplus to demonstrate AI image recognition and healthcare radar monitoring solutions using 5G communication technologies.

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