KPJ Healthcare Berhad introduces Watson for Oncology, the first artificial intelligence system for cancer management in Malaysia

December 4, 2017

KPJ Healthcare Berhad recently launched Watson for Oncology, a cognitive computing platform that assists oncologists in the management of cancer.
It is the first artificial intelligence system for cancer management in Malaysia and was developed by IBM in collaboration with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

KPJ is the first provider of private healthcare services in Malaysia to adopt the technology. Currently, Watson for Oncology is available at five specialist hospitals: KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital (KPJ Damansara); KPJ Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital (KPJ Ampang Puteri); KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital (KPJ Johor); KPJ Ipoh Specialist Hospital (KPJ Ipoh) and KPJ Sabah Specialist Hospital (KPJ Sabah).

“We believe that introducing Watson for Oncology will increase KPJ’s capability to provide cancer patients with treatment options that are based on facts and medical evidence,” said KPJ Healthcare President and Managing Director, Dato’ Amiruddin Abdul Satar.

He added: “This investment in cognitive technologies is in line with KPJ’s vision to become an oncology hub in Malaysia and the region as our clinicians seek to continually deliver excellent care to the 3 million patients we serve each year.”

Patients will not be charged additional cost for the usage of the technology.

According to the Malaysian National Cancer Registry, cancer is the third most common cause of death among Malaysians at 14% after respiratory (19%) and circulatory (23%) diseases. Women have a higher risk of cancer compared to men with the most common type being breast cancer while colorectal and prostate cancer are common among men.

Watson for Oncology can summarize key medical attributes of a patient, and provide information to oncologists to help them deliver treatment options based on training from MSK oncologists. Watson for Oncology ranks the treatment options, linking to peer reviewed studies that have been curated by MSK.

It also provides a large corpus of medical evidence for a physician to consider, drawing on more than 300 medical journals, more than 200 textbooks, and nearly 15 million pages of text to provide insights about different treatment options. IBM and MSK have been accelerating Watson for Oncology’s training and the technology is now available to assist clinicians in developing treatment plans for breast, lung, colorectal, cervical, ovarian, gastric, prostate and bladder cancers.

“This latest collaboration with KPJ in Malaysia further expands IBM’s growing footprint of well-known healthcare institutions that are using Watson in the Asia Pacific region,” said Chong Chye Neo, Managing Director, IBM Malaysia.

“KPJ is on the cutting edge in bringing cognitive computing into the clinical workflow to augment and scale the ability of their clinicians to bring quality care to their patients.”

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