Gates Foundation funds smartphone diagnoses for Africa

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Decision-support software company VisualDx has received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a decision-support tool that enables offline diagnosis of infectious diseases in Africa via smartphones.

Image courtesy of VisualDx.Image courtesy of VisualDx.

The grant covers the development of the company's DermExpert mobile decision-support tool, which is designed to help nonspecialists evaluate skin lesions and make diagnoses when infectious diseases are suspected.

It may be useful for diagnosing infectious diseases, including Dengue fever, Chikungunya virus, and tuberculosis, in rural areas of low- and middle-income countries where access to dermatologists is limited, the Rochester, NY-based company said.

VisualDx's software uses machine learning and the company's knowledge base to assist with the diagnosis of rashes and infectious diseases. The system can be customized to localize the infectious diseases present in any country in the world.

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