NTT i3 Leads Innovation to Change the World’s Healthcare

Key Takeaways from Pharmaceutical Hackathon and the Future of Healthcare

This post was written by Ravi Srivatsav, Managing Director, NTT i3

Recently NTT i3 engineers teamed up with engineers from NTT R&D to participate in a healthcare hackathon, collaborating with pharmaceutical professionals and students to change the world’s healthcare and find the solutions to the “what if you could” scenarios. For example, how can voice technology change the future of healthcare? How can we use information collected by our many connected devices to gain personalized, actionable insights? How can we predict people’s health outcomes, using sensors and machine learning?

The team’s hard work paid off — we came in first place! We created a prototype — GSAT — to help with early detection and timely intervention for strokes, which occurs in over 15 million individuals each year. And knowing this, what is even more troubling is that 80% of strokes are preventable.

GSAT works by utilizing many of today’s existing technologies, but goes a step further to bring to life the “what if you could” scenarios.

  • Gate Analysis, data collected from Hitoe sensor to provide medical-grade EKG
  • Speech Analysis, using Amazon Echo to detect speech patterns
  • Arm Raised Test, using Microsoft Kinect to check an individual’s physical performance
  • Telemedicine, enabling physicians to gain real-time access to a patient’s physical symptoms and live chats between physician and patient

Using these technologies showcased in GSAT, what if we could learn the behavior of people having a stroke? What if we could then collect the right metrics to tell someone that they are exhibiting the symptoms of a stroke? And what if we could predict — and then prevent — other medical conditions, like heart disease and diabetes?

All too often, patients receive medical attention too late. But if patients and doctors had access to real-time information that could predict a medical condition, or even tell a person that they are exhibiting symptoms for a specific condition, we could change global healthcare in ways we never thought possible. And to start, we could get there by using today’s and tomorrow’s technologies to improve response time to medical emergencies…or even preventing them all together.

NTT i3’s collaboration with large pharmaceutical companies and other industry leaders presents exciting opportunities in co-innovation.

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