New software helps diagnose diseases

Nov. 13, 2006 at 4:14 PM
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SAGINAW, Mich., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- New software will help non-specialized healthcare practitioners in underdeveloped countries diagnose patients and save lives, a Michigan doctor said.

NxOpinion is set to enter the market in mid-2007 after a field study of its accuracy, says Robertson Technologies of Saginaw, Mich.

Nizam's Institute of Medical Science in Hyderabad, India, will test the software, and Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant will publish the results, The Saginaw News reported.

"This will save lives," said Ramakrishnayya Gadam, chairman of St. Mary's of Michigan hospital's radiology department, who grew up in rural India, where doctors were rare and diseases prevalent.

"More people die in a single hour in underdeveloped countries than die in one year in the United States," Robertson Technologies Chief Executive Joel Robertson told the News. "And 80 percent of them are treatable. They just need the right (diagnosis)."

Besides India, areas targeted for the software include China, Ghana and South America, the newspaper said.

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