Tech large Samsung Electronics is repurposing its outdated Galaxy smartphones into medical analysis cameras to allow higher entry to ophthalmic healthcare in India, Vietnam, Morocco and Papua New Guinea.
Samsung partnered with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and Yonsei University Health System (YUHS) in Korea to create medical gadgets that display for eye illness through the use of Galaxy smartphones which can be not of use, a press release mentioned.
This Galaxy Upcycling program helps to handle roughly 1 billion world circumstances of imaginative and prescient impairment which can be preventable with correct analysis, it added.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a minimum of 2.2 billion individuals have a type of imaginative and prescient impairment and virtually half of those circumstances had been preventable or have but to be addressed. There is a big disparity within the prevalence of imaginative and prescient impairment relying on the affordability and availability of eye care providers.
“People around the globe face barriers to accessing fundamental health care, and we saw an opportunity to engineer smart, innovative solutions that reuse products to drive more sustainable practices and make a positive impact in our communities,” mentioned Sung-Koo Kim, VP of Sustainability Management Office, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics.
This program embodies Samsung’s perception that know-how can enrich individuals’s lives and assist construct a extra equitable and sustainable future for all, Kim added.
In 2017, Samsung had created the Galaxy Upcycling program to introduce progressive ways in which Galaxy gadgets could make a constructive influence.
Through the programme, an older Galaxy smartphone can turn into the mind of the EYELIKE handheld fundus digital camera that connects to a lens attachment for enhanced fundus analysis, whereas the smartphone is used to seize pictures.
The Galaxy gadget then utilises a synthetic intelligence algorithm to analyse and diagnose the pictures for ophthalmic ailments and connects to an app that precisely captures affected person knowledge and suggests a remedy routine at a fraction of the price of industrial devices.
The distinctive and reasonably priced analysis digital camera can display sufferers for circumstances which will result in blindness, together with diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration, the assertion mentioned.
Since 2018, Samsung has partnered with IAPB and Yonsei University Health System to profit the lives and imaginative and prescient of greater than 19,000 residents in Vietnam with its moveable retinal digital camera.
In 2019, it equipped 90 moveable ophthalmoscopes to well being professionals working in distant areas of the nation with out entry to walk-in clinics.
“Now, Samsung has expanded the program to India, Morocco and Papua New Guinea. Samsung is also broadening its capabilities to new screening areas, including using upcycled Galaxy devices to create smartphone-based portable colposcopes to screen for cervical cancer and improve women’s accessibility to quality health care,” the assertion mentioned.