The " AiGiA-Smart Pharmacist APP " was jointly developed by the AiGiA Lab for Smart Care in collaboration with the Family Medicine Department and the Department of Pharmacy of Taipei Veterans General Hospital to use artificial intelligence and natural language to integrate the domestic Taiwan Food and Drug Administration, the National Health Insurance Administration and Taipei Veterans General Hospital to establish a high-definition drug identification database.
AiGiA Lab for Smart Care developed an image recognition device for medical drugs to help people avoid taking the wrong medication.
Professor Chen is a general physician at Taipei Veterans General Hospital. He said that he has seen patients suffer from taking the wrong medicine, as some pills and capsules look very similar and are hard to tell apart, especially for the elderly.
The development of the image recognition system and device took about three years. The team has also created an app called AiGiA (愛家), which is integrated with the system.
Users, patients and doctors alike, can use the camera on their mobile phones to recognize what the medicine is. All they have to do is connect the device to their phones, but the drug into the device, and turn on the app.
Upon recognition, information such as the active ingredient, application, and warnings about the drug will be displayed. The system incorporates about 18,000 drugs and supports multiple language settings, including Chinese, English, Vietnamese, Indonesian and Malay.
AiGiA-Smart Pharmacist APP
AiGiA-Smart Pharmacist is more than APP, five key components make it useful.
- Drug information integrator: aggregated, standardized and quality controlled drug information.
- Ｄrug Recognition Engine: recognizes medication according to its appearance with high accuracy.
- MedVision: Simple design and multi-lingual interface.
- MedBox: transforms low-profile phone-camera for high-quality pictures.
- Drug management platform: drug identification, drug inquiry, and user records providing customized demand.
AIGIA-Smart Pharmacist is a novel solution empowers clinical doctors and nurse to identify medicines based on their appearance.
Upon recognition, information such as the active ingredient, application, and warnings about the drug will be displayed in multiple languages. Designed for clinical professionals, AiGiA-Smart Pharmacist system incorporates about 18,000 drugs can recognize around 400 commonly used drugs.
AiGiA-Smart Pharmacist had been used in the home care unit of the Taipei Veterans General Hospital. The new application successfully recognized medication of home care patients at high accuracy. The home care team showed a 3.5 fold increase in medication recognition and the correctness of use of medication doubled with the aid of AIGIA-Smart Homecare Pharmacist.
Literacy of drug is the key to safety. AIGIA-Smart Pharmacist empowers clinical doctors to deliver complete and comprehensive medication at the right time and right place.