HBKU institute developing AI tools for diabetes prevention

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With an purpose to redefine the methods for prevention and administration of diabetes in future, Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) of Qatar Foundation’s Hamad Bin Khalifa University, has developed AI tools to help the native inhabitants, the place charges of diabetes are excessive. 
AI is on the early stage of use the world over in diabetes prevention and administration. If it’s applied right here, Qatar will set an instance for remainder of the world, based on Dr. Faisal Farooq, Principal Scientist, at QCRI.
The System for Integrated Health Analytics (SIHA), a web-based cloud computing platform developed by the QCRI permits clinicians to effectively monitor and analyse sufferers with diabetes and different power ailments, and achieve deeper insights utilizing visible and predictive analytics.  The platform additionally allows clinicians to collaborate with researchers for extra insights, guaranteeing they’ll keep on prime of the newest research. 
“We are engaged on numerous facets of the administration of diabetes and the way AI can help a number of the work being carried out on this subject. We are presently developing threat scores that may predict the potential for people to develop diabetes. These screening strategies can be utilized by people simply at residence and out of doors of a medical setting, predominantly through the use of purposes and different tools that may inform these candidates about their threat,” Dr. Farooq informed The Peninsula on the event of World Diabetes Day, being noticed at present.  
QCRI can also be engaged on AI fashions that mirror the life of people, which is extraordinarily essential in addressing ailments similar to diabetes. “For instance, we have now developed fashions that predict, prematurely, the standard of sleep of sure people based mostly on their present way of life components.
Dr. Farooq mentioned: We are additionally making an attempt to develop fashions to know patterns of sedentary versus lively durations in people utilizing sensible watches and cell gadgets such that AI-based suggestions and the proper of notifications will be made, in an effort to extend the exercise of people or enhance their total way of life. 
“In addition, we plan on developing fashions that may predict the danger of gestational diabetes in females which might be about to get married or who’re planning to begin a household, in addition to predicting their threat of progressing from gestational to type-2 diabetes. Using cell purposes, we plan to supply schooling to such people and inform them of the dangers in addition to present suggestions on what they’ll do to cut back this threat.”  
The large-scale mission includes a number of stakeholders, together with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA), Qatar Metabolic Institute (QMI), Sidra Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar (WCM-Q), Qatar Biobank, and Qatar Genome Programme.  
As a part of the mission, the workforce at QCRI appeared on the impression of fasting for diabetic sufferers to assist those that quick for Ramadan to foretell and handle glycaemic occasions. Working in collaboration with physicians from HMC, greater than 80 sufferers with kind 2 diabetes obtained a Fitbit to measure exercise and sleep, in addition to a wearable gadget that constantly monitored their glucose readings earlier than and through Ramadan. 
“We used this to develop a tailor-made AI algorithm which proved to have a excessive predictive efficiency for hyperglycaemic excursions,” mentioned Dr. Farooq.
“The success of the trial showcases AI’s potential to save lots of lives by predicting low blood sugar occasions throughout fasting, and offering clinicians with key insights into threat components that trigger these occasions, similar to a affected person’s therapy routine. The similar AI fashions at the moment are being generalised to be applied in a large-scale nationwide trial led by HMC to reverse Type 2 and gestational diabetes,” he added.

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