AI in Healthcare – Opportunities for Vietnam
“Data is the new oil. It’s valuable, but if unrefined it cannot really be used. It has to be changed into gas, plastic, chemicals, etc to create a valuable entity that drives profitable activity; so must data be broken down, analyzed for it to have value.”
(Clive Humby, UK Mathemetician and architect of Tesco’s Clubcard, 2006)
Healthcare has been long understood as the most promising application area for AI. In the past five years, 300 deals in the field of healthcare AI have been closed, with total investments of over USD 2 billion. This trend is accelerating quickly.
The two most active areas of research and deployment are Medical Imaging & Diagnostics (e.g. automated detection of medical conditions on X-Ray) and Patient Data & Risk Analytics (e.g. identifying patients with high risk of stroke from their past medical record), both of which require vast amount of labeled data.
Dr. Tran Dang Minh Tri (Dimitry Tran) – Harrison-AI (Australia)
In a world where algorithms are open-sourced and processing power is easily accessible over the cloud, the future superpowers in healthcare AI will be the countries that best capture and apply their population’s health data to develop machine learning solutions.
Every single day, each Vietnamese hospital create tens of thousands of new data points – X-Ray images, CT scans, blood tests, disease diagnoses. All these data are the crude oil that currently being wasted. How do we refine this oil to run the healthcare AI machine?
How do we – government, hospitals, tech companies, AI researchers – work together to capture this opportunity and make Vietnam into a healthcare AI superpower in the next 3 years?
Dimitry Tran (Trần Đặng Minh Trí), a health care innovator with bases in Australia and Vietnam, is a co-founder of Harrison-AI with his brother Aengus Tran (Trần Đặng Đình Áng).
Harrison-AI is a Sydney-based healthcare artificial intelligence lab. Taking the implementation path, Harrison-AI seeks to bring the latest developments in AI to solve the biggest challenges in healthcare – making it better and cheaper for all. In 2017, Harrison-AI made a breakthrough in the field of reproductive health. The technology is now patent-pending and undergoing multi-national and multi- centre clinical trial with a global healthcare provider.
Dimitry is the Head of Innovation at Ramsay Health Care – a USD 10 billion enterprise, and one of the largest hospital operators in the world with over 200 facilities in Australia, France, UK, Indonesia and Malaysia. In this role, Dimitry works on growing innovative care models and technologies to expand healthcare services and improve patient outcomes.
He is also a founding investor and on the board of directors of MediRecords.com – the first cloud-based doctor practice management software in Australia.
Dimitry is a Honorary Associate at the Hoc Mai Foundation, a 20-year-old charity operated by University of Sydney Medical School in partnership with Hanoi Medical University. He is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Centre for Healthcare Improvement (CHIRvn.org), a social enterprise with the goal of accelerating the pace of change and ‘make healthcare better for patients, professionals and population’ in Vietnam.
Dimitry holds the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) designation, Executive MBA degree from the University of New South Wales, and Executive Education Certificate from Harvard Business School. He is studying toward the Master of Applied Science in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality degree at Johns Hopkins University.
Dimitry graduated first in his class at Bond University, where he completed bachelor degrees in Accounting and Finance and was the recipient of the Dean Scholarship and University Medal.