Roundup: UK test and trace fail to reach thousands, France rolls out AI-based cancer detection and more briefs

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FRANCE DEPLOYS AI-BASED CANCER DETECTION AI-based cancer diagnostics company Ibex Medical Analytics and the network of private pathology laboratories in France, Medipath, announced the deployment of an AI-based platform for the detection of cancer in pathology in France.

This coincides with a worldwide decline in the number of pathologists and an increase in the workload.

The process of diagnosing cancer in the laboratory under a microscope is manual and therefore subject to human error. Ibex offers a clinical-grade, field-proven AI-based solution that helps pathologists meet these challenges.

Medipath has completed the deployment of Ibex Galen Prostrate as part of its routine clinical practice.

With Ibex’s CE marked solution, an AI algorithm analyzes prostate biopsies and issues alerts when discrepancies with the pathologists’ initial diagnosis are identified.

IRELAND GIVES CONTACT TRACING APP TO THE LINUX FOUNDATION

Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE) has announced that it is donating code for the COVID Tracker app as open source to the non-profit Linux Foundation.

This will allow jurisdictions around the world to quickly build and deploy their own contact tracing applications.

The given app has been named COVID Green.

NearForm will play a role on the Technical Steering Committee in managing the development and direction of COVID Green within the Linux Foundation.

The code is also used in the application for Gibraltar and future applications for Northern Ireland, other jurisdictions in the EMEA zone and certain US states.

UK TEST AND TRACE SYSTEM DOES NOT CONTACT THOUSANDS

The government’s testing and traceability system is failing to reach thousands of people in areas with the highest infection rates in England, according to data obtained by the Guardian.

Data show that in the regions with the highest infection rates in England, the proportion of close contacts of infected people is well below 80%.

The government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) agreed that at least 80% of contacts should self-isolate for an effective testing and traceability system.

Forty-seven percent of those at risk have been contacted by test and tracing in Luton, which has the sixth highest infection rate in England.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Affairs said: “The service is working closely with local authorities across England to help manage local epidemics. High-quality data is essential for delivering good public services and we are providing increasingly detailed data to local public health directors, helping them to fight local epidemics and control this virus.

SLOVENIA STARTS WORK ON THE CONTACT TRACING APP

This week, the Slovenian Ministry of Public Administration launched a call for tenders for the creation of a contact tracing application with a budget of € 40,000.

The winner of the tender was RSTEAM, one of six candidates, only four of whom met the budgetary conditions set by the authorities.

The app will be based on the German Corona-Warn-App which has been in use for over a month.

The app RSTEAM is set to develop should be ready to launch on August 1.

FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF THE SHURI NETWORK

The first network for black and ethnic minority women in digital health positions, the Shuri Network, celebrated its first anniversary this week.

A year ago, when it launched, the network had 60 members, but it has now grown to around 650 members.

The network was launched in Digital Health Summers Schools in 2019 to help increase the visibility of Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) women in NHS tech roles.

He has since worked to create spaces that give women of color a platform to share their experiences and propel the advancement and contributions of BME women in digital innovation.

The network recently launched the Shuri Fellowship which will provide future leaders with training opportunities to enhance their careers. They have also partnered with the Faculty of Computer Science (FCI) to provide Shuri FCI scholarships to 15 members to cover the cost of their FCI membership.

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