How Data Labeling Contributes to the War against Covid-19
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How Data Labeling Contributes to the War against Covid-19

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NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / August 31, 2020 / Healthcare industry is under enormous pressure, especially in the midst of Covid-19 period. The unexpected global pandemic has presented overwhelming challenges on human beings. Scientist, medical experts, doctors and nurses across the globe have undertaken their responsibility to fight against the disease. However, with a shortage of healthcare labor force, we still cannot deny how limited the current medical capacity is.

On December 30 of 2019, Healthmap, an artificial intelligence (AI) data-driven system that scans data sources for disease outbreak signs, detected an unusual activity about a new type of pneumonia burst in China. One day later, BlueDot, an AI risk outbreak software, raised a similar alarm after scanning thousands of Chinese news reports through its machine learning algorithms.

There's no doubt that Covid-19 has been a catalyst for strengthening the increasing connection and cooperation between AI and healthcare industry.

Medical image diagnosis for future healthcare

AI and ML can be powerful methods for everything in healthcare: medicine research, diagnosis, disease prevention and control, patient treatment, even administrative and personnel management. AI/ML-enabled systems improve their capabilities and effectiveness by automating the most repetitive and homogenous activities. It is currently moving out of the labs and into real world applications in the health sector.

When it comes to medical images, ML's applications can cover the entire cycle from image creation and reconstruction to diagnosis and outcome prediction. AI-backed Machines use the computer vision to detect patterns that human eye can hardly catch and correlate them with similar medical image data to identify possible diseases and prepare reports after analysis. X-ray, computed tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and other image-based test reports can be easily screened to predict various illness in an automated, accurate, and fast way.

Some healthcare companies are now using ML technology to detect organ anomalies, such as identifying tumors from an MRI scan of the brain, along with millions of labeled medical images to show the affected area and to train ML algorithms to detect such diseases. For example, AI semantic segmentation can be used in liver and brain diagnosis; polygon annotation can be used in dentistry; bounding box in kidney stone; annotation detection in cancer cells, and etc. Medical image annotations provide results of greater accuracy in the early detection, diagnostics and treatment of disease as well as understanding the normal. The medical imaging diagnosis is seen as a powerful method for future applications in the health sector.

Bottlenecks of medical image labeling

High-quality training data is the key to building ML models and help to improve medical image-based diagnosis. However, a great challenge in this field is the lack of high quality data and annotation. Specifically, medical imaging annotations have to be performed by clinical specialists, which is costly and time-consuming.

As DJ Patil and Hilary Mason write in Data Driven, "Cleaning the data is often the most taxing part of data science, and is frequently 80% of the work." The lack of high quality data and annotation presents an overwhelming challenge for machine learning industry, limiting their ability to provide the "right data" to answer specific questions. Currently, most medical research organizations have limited access to data samples from a certain geographic areas.

The hardest part of building AI products is not the AI or algorithms but data preparation and labeling. For example, retinal images are used to develop automated diagnostic systems for conditions, such as diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration. In order to do that millions of medical images need to be labeled by various conditions structurally. This is laborious as it requires identification of very small structures and usually takes hours for experts to annotate them carefully.

Turning points

Aware of those challenges, ByteBridge.io moves a big step forward through its automated data collection and labeling platform. It allows researchers to have access to high-quality labeled datasets related to health care and public health.

ByteBridge's innovative service platform empowers healthcare researchers and ML medical companies to use data cost-effectively and improve healthcare outcomes. From data collection, to data labeling, to machine learning applications, ByteBridge.io provides professional data annotation service on medical images with the highest quality and maximum accuracy.

Different with traditional data labeling companies, in ByteBridge's dashboard, researchers can create the data project by themselves, upload raw data, download processed results as well as check ongoing labeling progress simultaneously on a pay-per-task model with clear estimated time and more control over the project status.

Compared to existing Western companies for data annotation outsourcing, Bytebridge.io charges 90% lower. It offers 50% cheaper price than its competitors in China and India. More than that, ByteBridge's data processing speed is more than 10 times faster than the current data annotation company.

"I believe that we can achieve great innovation in this field based on our product development capabilities and underlying blockchain-based technology. ByteBridge.io is aimed at accelerating the development of ML industry and seamlessly transforming it into other essential areas such as healthcare," said Brian Cheong, CEO of ByteBridge.io.

Imagine one day, patients can simply go through a fast AI scan as diagnosis; smart wearable devices, such as Apple Watch, can analyze physical data, note abnormality and generate an alarm before you are about to have a heart attack or stroke; medical detection and prediction can be fully automated and supervised with little human intervention. Such scenes can definitely be realized in the coming future, thanks to ML and AI technology.

Machine Learning has achieved unprecedented success in computer vision and other industries so far. And now it is drastically revolutionizing healthcare area with indispensable support from automated data labeling service.

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