The South Korean government is planning to support the development of AI doctors to play roles similar to those of the IBM Watson.
To this end, the Ministry of Science & ICT and the National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA) hold a contest, for one month from February 20, for AI solution development for precision medicine based on medical big data.
The purpose of the contest is to produce software to support medical activities by analyzing big data on patients. The scope of the contest includes software development for psychotherapy, rehabilitation, surgical training based on virtual reality, and so on as well as disease prediction, analysis, diagnosis and treatment.
The NIPA is planning to invest up to 28 billion won (US$25 million) in the project for three years. Five billion won (US$4.5 million) is scheduled to be invested this year.