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Microsoft Applies AI in the Healthcare Industry to Realize Care Anywhere

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Microsoft has invested deeply in artificial intelligence (AI) research for many years. By applying billions of sets of big data and machine learning in the research process, Microsoft has successfully expanded AI technologies to the field of manufacturing, retail, the service sector, and even healthcare. After the introduction of HealthVault, a personal health management service platform, Microsoft has once again integrated robots, voice recognition, and cognitive services, thus successfully launching Microsoft Health Bot and Microsoft StaffHub. All these three applications offer deep personalization, conversational intelligence, and world knowledge to medical personnel and patients, which optimize medical SOPs and introduce medical resources to every household, thereby facilitating the healthcare industry in achieving digital transformation. With the premise of complying with international standards of information security, Microsoft’s AI-related healthcare service will effectively elevate quality of care and promote positive doctor-patient relationships.

The Internet of Things — The Key to Achieving Care Everywhere

The vision of achieving digital transformation in the healthcare industry was revealed in the World Economic Forum. With the 25 billion (this number is expected to multiply within five years) connected devices within the extant IoT, far-reaching and ubiquitous high-speed data transfer and connected devices, cheaper and smaller sensors, low-cost data storages, and revolutionary analytical and machine learning technology, the face of the healthcare industry will undergo extensive changes in the coming decade. The employment of telemedicine and the Connected Homes Program will make “care anywhere” a possibility. The healthcare industry will also act as a leading force in this process of transformation. In the face of becoming an aging society, low birth rate and the possible bankruptcy of the national healthcare system in Taiwan, it’s critical to allocate and utilize medical resources efficiently to achieve the goal of aging gracefully in a fulfilling way while providing affordable medical services for all. This is the core issue to be solved by digital transformation powered by technologies.

“As population aging continues to accelerate, Taiwan’s aging index reached 100.18 for the first time during last month; the aged population is now larger than the young age population. The National Development Council also estimates that the percentage of aging population will exceed 14% by 2018 and 20% by 2020. By that time, Taiwan will officially become a hyper-aged society. Prolonged life expectancy, the prevalence of chronic illnesses, and limited medical resources are issues that the healthcare system and society as a whole must address as soon as possible” says Steven Shaw, General Manager of Microsoft Taiwan. “As the aging population, has become more active in the society, Microsoft Taiwan has also devoted itself to developing a more comprehensive medical ecosystem. With the aid of technology such as AI, natural speech, and robots, time spent on waiting to receive medical care, diagnosis, prescribing, and applying for healthcare coverage is decreased and the processes are optimized. These types of technology can effective assist medical personnel in monitoring the patient’s condition after appointments, which leads to more effective home healthcare, a decrease in the number of hospital visits or examinations, and an overall reduction in wasted medical resources. Furthermore, patients are able to enjoy remote healthcare in the comfort of their homes. For both service providers and users of the healthcare system, the application of new technologies paves the way to achieving equal and efficient medical resource allocation.”

Digital Transformation in the Healthcare Industry — Four Dimensions Centered on Elevating Healthcare Quality and Improving Engagement

Digital transformation involves re-centering the operations of an organization through the use of digital, social, mobile, and emerging technologies to reinvent the ways of thinking and work. Visionary leadership, clashes of different thinking and the encouragement of innovation to promote new business models are the key to the success of digital transformation. On the other hand, enterprises can integrate the digitization of their assets and employ technology to optimize the user experience of employees, customers, vendors and partners so on.

Taking Hong Kong’s Department of Health and Hospital Authority for examples, Microsoft Asia Healthcare Lead Danny Yeo has identified five primary problems that hospitals now face: (1) doctors travel frequently among hospitals need to access the medical cases and doctor training materials, which are siloed within hospitals; (2) decentralized and distributed locations and limited IT support; (3) medical staff use Whatsapp, a consumer messaging APP that IT cannot control; (4) IT personnel are unable to manage aged containerized APPs on Linux, and are always on alert for fear of unexpected failures; and (5) IT personnel are unable to track the dependency of problematic apps and cannot anticipate which systems are affected. Therefore, the promotion of digital transformation to record, manage, analyze and respond to various circumstances is the primary goal of digital transformation.

In the face of the many obstacles in digital transformation, Microsoft upholds the concept of “Mobile First Cloud First” and propose four major dimensions in digital transformation. The four dimensions are: engage your patients, empower your care teams, optimize your clinical operational effectiveness, and transform the care continuum. In addition to digital healthcare, precision medicine, and information security, the allocation of human resources of medical personnel and the relationship of patients and medical personnel are all tasks to be undertaken in the digital transformation of healthcare industry. Through digital transformation, data can be transformed into insights that can be further utilized by medical personnel and optimize medical processes while providing the necessary healthcare resources to patients. This will not only help facilitate medical communications and but also improve the quality of medical care and ultimately improve the relationship of patients and medical personnel.

HealthVault, Microsoft StaffHub, and Health Bot Offer Customized Services and Experiences Through General Medical Interactions

The prevalence of AI facilitates the centralized management of data, enhances communication convenience and security, and ensures the stability of medical applications. Subsequently, problems that stem from inadequate human and financial resources in hospitals can be effectively mitigated by optimizing processes, reducing manual data entry, and conserving the time and labor costs required in physical data transmission.

“Microsoft’s HealthVault, Microsoft StaffHub, and Health Bot aim to incorporate AI into medical procedures and data management to analyze and optimize doctor-staff interactions, creating value-added applications. These services not only bring professional medical assistance from the hospital to patients’ homes, allowing every patient to receive hospital-quality care via connected devices but also resolves the misallocation of medical resources and ambiguity of medical processes,” Microsoft Asia Healthcare Lead Danny Yeo explained, “With Microsoft’s enterprise grade security protection and it’s compliance with various Medical IT and Cloud Security standards, users can ensure their sensitive data is fully protected and can be exchanged and shared in a secure environment, which will also motivate patients to be willing to share their personal medical data for medical personnel to provide more customized healthcare or medical research and further improve the quality of healthcare services.”

With the inclusion of AI applications, services like HealthVault, Microsoft StaffHub, and Health Bot create unprecedented opportunities for users. These services are not only more intuitive but also have the potential of providing even more customized services. A few examples are listed below:

HealthVault: Centralized storage, management, application, and exchange of personal and family members’ health data information

HealthVault can assist users in the following four health management categories:

Organize your family’s health information: Track your drug use, medical history, blood pressure, symptoms and indisposition, allergies, physical conditions, physical examination results, and radiology reports and images.

Be better prepared for doctor visits and unexpected emergencies: Authorize emergency staff to access your health data over the Internet via computer, smartphone, and/or tablet devices.

Create a more patient-centric and complete picture of year health: Access your examination results, prescription history, and treatment records. Authorize laboratories, pharmacies, hospitals, and clinics to upload your health data to HealthVault or upload data yourself for easy tracking of chronic illnesses. HealthVault offers trend charts and a search mode, allowing you to compile a complete medical report for your doctor. You can also store medical images and share them with medical staff or people you trust, thereby creating a health management support network.

Achieve your fitness goals: The weight management dashboard assists in managing weight at fitness objectives by tracking weight, activity, and food intake. You can also set specific goals or check your progress. HealthVault can be connected to wearable devices to track exercise and training. HealthVault provides reminders to help you stay positive and on track. You can then adjust your workout based on your health data to maximize effectiveness. You can also post your progress on social media to share your weight-loss, activity, or calorie-burn results with your friends.

Microsoft StaffHub: Staff scheduling, rounds scheduling, and instant communications

Microsoft StaffHub is a cloud-based platform that works across all your devices. It enables staff workers and their managers to manage time, communicate with their teams, and share content. Managerial staff such as doctors and head nurses can create schedules or projects to consolidate relevant members into a team. They can then instantaneously update relevant activities and schedules. The platform can be used to manage staff needs and share case notes, images, reports, and charts across different mobile platforms. In addition, nurses and on-the-go staff member can view their upcoming schedules, swap a shift, or request time off. They can also communicate with other team members individually, in a small group, or across the entire team, view content, and take appropriate actions.

Microsoft Health Bot: A robot with conversational intelligence

Microsoft Health Bot provides deep personalization, conversational intelligence, and world knowledge for initial patient triage. The Health Bot is completely customizable. It is built with advanced customization options and an extensible framework. Partners have the flexibility to tailor the bot to their unique patient scenarios and can easily integrate third-party endpoints, like EMRs and patient portals. Health Bot offers support for interactive diagnostic symptom checkers, layperson natural language, and multi-turn dialog with users, and it learns from previous interactions. The information sources for conversational intelligence derives from HealthVault (which provides information on lab results, medications, and wearable data), Cortana (which enables access to deep patient knowledge in multiple areas), partner data sources, Bing (which provides local information, maps, and crowd search data), and CDC/WHO/NHS/NIH databases.

“Using Microsoft Health Bot, users can now access their health data conveniently, instantaneously, and in their preferred language. Insurance companies can visualize their expenses using client reports and reinforce client-company relations.” Microsoft Asia Healthcare Lead Danny Yeo indicated, “According to a market report released by eMarketer in 2015, 80% of the participants were willing to share their health data to improve medical care, 59% were willing to provide their health data for medical research, and 52% were willing to share their health data to obtain a deduction in insurance premium. These outcomes imply that patients are willing to provide their personal health data to hospitals or insurance companies if it benefits personal healthcare. The next step in the digital transformation of the healthcare industry is identifying and resolving challenges, establishing partnerships, proposing conceptual verification models, and executing pilot programs, thereby creating robust and refined medical services that satisfy patients’ special needs.”

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Globe Wins TM Forum Catalyst Award for Innovation, Pushes for API Standardization

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Project OAsIS Team led by Globe Head of Enterprise Architecture Vincent Seet (5th from left), receives the Outstanding Catalyst for Innovation Award at the recently concluded TM Forum Live!

Globe Telecom is taking the lead in setting standards for APIs with Project OAsIS having received the award for Outstanding Catalyst for Innovation in the recently concluded TM Forum Live! Asia 2017 in Singapore.

Short for Open APIs for a vibrant IoT ecosystem, Project OAsIS takes on bridging the fragmented IoT industry. The goal of Project OAsIs is to identify and adopt the best-suited APIs for Telco IoT applications, platforms and connected things to make them interoperable regardless of which protocol or framework they use.

At the TM Forum Live! Asia 2017 event, Globe Telecom demonstrated Project OAsIS through a workflow of working prototypes for a connected home and a connected parking use case. These prototypes included application management systems and mobile apps that were connected to devices including a fan, a lamp, and a motion-sensor for the connected home; and a demonstration parking lot with gantries, proximity sensors, radio-frequency identification (RFID) readers and an LCD screen for the connected parking scenario.

The mobile app for the connected home was also equipped with a security feature. This is an added user experience as the app notifies the user if motion is detected inside the home while the system is in “away” mode. On the other hand, the mobile app for the connected parking makes it easier for the user to search for and reserve parking slots. With the mobile app, it can easily track available parking spaces around the area and do mobile payments when leaving.

“We want to ensure that Globe Telecom can open ways to onboard new connected things and applications with less integration but, with great impact to our users,” Globe Chief Technology and Information Officer Gil Genio said.

David Pleasance (extreme right), Chairman of the TM Forum Board Directors, visits the booth of Project OAsIS as one of the judges.

The POC project proposed a standardized set of working APIs to interconnect different IoT ecosystems, aiming to bridge gaps in IoT. These OAsIS APIs will facilitate the interconnectivity of IoT applications, platforms and connected things. It will allow customers’ orders to be processed and billed, and devices to be controlled across platforms. “In terms of connected things and IoT applications, Globe through Project OAsIS, could provide more options to our users in making the IoT ecosystem an attractive package to other partners, which in turn could lead to a more comprehensive adoption of the technology,” Genio also said.

He explained that even without the award, the entire OAsIS team, led by the Enterprise Architecture Group, and Emerging Technologies under Solutions Delivery Division, Information Systems Group, is hoping to leverage on TM Forum’s reach. “The award gives more focus on the importance of standardizing APIs as a building block in IoT, and also acknowledges the vision and effort of the OAsIS team. We’re hoping that this will further motivate the TM Forum community in the adoption of these IoT APIs,” Genio added.

He further emphasized that device manufacturers, communications service providers (CSPs) and application developers can eventually benefit from the network effect, find ways to expand the IoT as a whole and accelerate the maturity of the market.

The TM Forum Catalyst Award is a rapid-fire innovation project that allows telco operators and solution vendors to participate openly and solve industry challenges. As a digital service provider, Globe Telecom has always aimed for a digital transformation through the power of technology. Earlier this year, Globe Telecom has endorsed TM Forum’s suite of Open APIs. To date, these Open APIs are now being used to enable a range of business scenarios and enable a wide range of revenue growth opportunities for communications service providers (CSPs) and their partners and suppliers.

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Celebrate New Beginnings with the OPPO F5 Youth Now at Php12,990

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OPPO Philippines kicks off 2018 with a price drop announcement of the OPPO F5 Youth. Now priced at Php12,990, everyone can experience the innovative A.I. Beauty Technology for natural selfies with 6” Full screen display for an immersive visual experience.

“Our OPPO F5 Series is known for its strong value proposition, especially its admirable selfie feature and solid performance. With an OPPO F5 smartphone matching our customers’ needs, we believe our lineup is now more appealing to the market,” said Eason de Guzman, OPPO Philippines’ Public Relations Manager.

The OPPO F5 Series now has a more competitive lineup: the F5 Youth at Php12,990, the OPPO F5 at Php15,990, and the OPPO F5 6GB Red at Php21,990. All smartphones feature OPPO’s A.I. Beauty Technology, known for its unique approach of delivering natural looking selfies. It can analyze the face of a subject with more than 200 recognition spots and determine the age, gender, skin type, and skin tone. This produces a customized selfie experience with effortless editing.

For more information about the whole OPPO F5 series, you may visit Oppo or Oppo F5 Youth. You can also follow OPPO on Facebook  for the store list and latest updates.

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Photic Releases Smart Wi-Fi Audio Processor in CES 2018

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Photic (Shenzhen Photic Technology Co., Ltd), a promising new strong force in mobile industry, founded by Mr. Richard Shi (Shi Lichao) with the belief of innovating the traditional mobile accessory line by injecting artistic design and new technology, build up full lines of mobile chargers, wireless audio processor and voice controlled car audio system, all these will hit market in 2018 and start the first show in CES this time, welcome to visit our booth at Sands Hall A-D, BOOTH No. is 42837.

The most prominent new item is the wireless audio processor, it will be a great help to upgrade normal speaker into Wi-Fi speaker with lossless sound quality. What’s more, you can manage and tune the sound effect in Photic app to meet every independent requirement towards a specified criterion for bass, mid and high.

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Audio processor

Alexa® Echo® controlled audio processor

  • Start and control your music with your voice. Amazon Alexa built right in, connecting into IoT world.
  • Connect to your home audio system and normal speakers to play music wirelessly, that will enhance the sound quality brought by cloud streaming, as Wi-Fi offers wide bandwidth ensuring the lossless music download and play smoothly.
  • Manage the sound effect in Photic app to your customized sound effect, a specified criterion for bass, mid and high.
  • More online resources like music/radio can be played and transmitted to the audio devices by Wi-Fi/DLNA/Airplay connection.
  • The metal housing with slim body delivers stylish and scientific sense, matching the latest technology development.

Wireless Charger

  • The smart phone can be leaned on the charger while center part is opened up with extensible length to fit the size of different smart phones and reach an optimal charging status; The center part is also foldable only if it is pressed, to meet the demands from customers who prefer to put their phones flatly.
  • The center part is decorated by a silica plate in green, also functions holding the phones firmly.
  • 10W output charge delivers faster wireless charging for all Qi-enables devices at optimal speed.
  • Available in Spring 2018 at Photic

Voiced controlled car audio system and charger

This is a good and inexpensive choice when it comes to adding Bluetooth calling and streaming capabilities to your car’s music system. One of the most important aspect is that you can answer/reject a call or hang up after phone conversation closed, increase/lower the volume of the music streamed from your smartphone to the car stereo system, control the playlist without any participation of your hand-operation, just by your voice. That brings you a safe and convenient driving experience, what’s more, the Photic car audio system also powers up the dull car audio by connecting the smartphone into the system, more online radio/music/novel will be broadcasted on the car stereo transmitted from your smart phone. The extra two USB outputs maximum 4.8A juicing up two mobile devices.

The following instructions can be activated by voice:

 Feature

  • Stream music and calls directly from smart devices to the car stereo system via FM (87.5-108.0MHz), turn the traditional car audio into smart car stereo system.
  • Support A2DP, achieve the stereo music lossless transfer to your car audio system with crystal sound effect.
  • Built-in silica microphone, gives sensitive response to the command execution that brings good convenience when you are driving without the participation of hands that may lead to accident from distraction. So a hands-free phone conversation, music streaming will be enjoyed in the driving time.
  • Works with most Bluetooth enabled smart devices including iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Tablet and more.
  • High performance FM transmitter with very small power output but delivers powerful signal, that’s accord to the EU safety regulation on the RF products.
  • Supporting AUX output alternating FM, work with smart devices, MP3, MP4 players via 3.5mm audio jack input that delivers a even better sound effect without any lossless.
  • The extra two USB outputs maximum 4.8A juicing up two mobile devices simultaneously, we choose good quality components from Taiwan/Samsung/Toshiba to ensure good performance and long durability.

Mobile Power Charger

As a pioneer for mobile chargers, Photic keeps on creating the most unique and stylish mobile chargers for smart phone, tablets and other mobile related devices. Especially the foldable phone mount with inbuilt battery that works as an integrate power bank after removing from the socket, this is a miracle design that combines all these solutions into one stylish gadget. We are and will always be the leader for mobile chargers. (Photic)

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Vivo Showcases World’s First Ready-to-Produce In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Smartphone at CES 2018

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At CES 2018, Vivo, a young global smartphone brand, showcases the world’s first ready-to-produce in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone that draws attention from a global audience. Leading with distinct innovative breakthroughs, the futuristic Vivo in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone offers consumers an unprecedented mobile experience, defining a new era of mobile interaction.

Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology in Detail

World’s First In-Display Fingerprint Smartphone Ready for Mass Production

At CES 2018, Vivo shows the world the first ready-to-produce smartphone featuring in-display fingerprint scanning technology, demonstrating its continued commitment to bringing an extraordinary user experience to consumers. This latest fingerprint scanning technology delivers a whole new mobile experience by enabling users to unlock their smartphone through one-touch fingerprint scanning directly on the smartphone display, while solving the industry’s challenge of providing a better and more convenient fingerprint authentication experience in future smartphones.

According to statistics from global consultancy Canalys, smartphone vendors shipped 22 million full-screen smartphones worldwide in the second quarter in 2017, up from 700,000 in the first quarter of this year. UBI Research predicted that bezel-less displays will grow in market share from 20% in 2017 to over 50% by 2020. Fingerprint recognition has long been one of the most common and well-known biometrics used to secure smartphones. As the industry moves into a new era of full-screen displays, it is natural that the fingerprint scanning technology needs to evolve to accommodate new user habits and demands for bigger screens without sacrificing user experience.

“With our efforts in extensive consumer research and long-term R&D investment, Vivo is well positioned to pioneer the development of fingerprint scanning technology. We first presented a prototype of our fingerprint scanning solution at MWC Shanghai 2017 based on an ultrasonic sensor, and have remained committed to realizing our vision for future smartphones,” said Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo. “Today’s showcase of a ready-to-produce in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone featuring an optical fingerprint sensor is a big leap forward in bringing consumers this long-awaited, futuristic mobile experience. We are very excited to make it available to consumers soon.”

Innovation that Delivers a New Level of User Experience

Vivo’s full-production smartphone is equipped with the industry-leading, world’s first in-display fingerprint scanning technology supported by global partner Synaptics.

Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology supports various usage scenarios beyond unlocking the smartphone, and is only activated when needed. A graphical UI will show up on Vivo’s smartphone screen in any scenario that fingerprint recognition is required, such as when the screen is off, during software unlocking, or even mobile payment authentication. Users can press the fingerprint graphic on the screen to perform unlocking, payment and other operations. When fingerprint recognition is not required, the UI will be invisible and will not disrupt the overall visual experience.

Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology outperforms other authentication solutions available for full-screen smartphones in many aspects. Compared to fingerprint sensors on the back of smartphones, Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology offers a more convenient operation without sacrificing the sleek and unified design of the smartphone. It also enables quick and secured authentication.

Full-screen displays are set to deliver a more immersive user experience for consumers as various interactions will be integrated and consolidated on the display. Vivo In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology replaces the physical fingerprint button on the screen, laying the foundation for a truly immersive experience.

The showcasing of the world’s first in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone ready for mass-production marks a significant leap forward in the industry’s development, taking users’ smartphone experience to a new level. The availability of Vivo’s first in-display fingerprint scanning smartphone will be announced in early 2018. (Vivo)

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