UK firm to use artificial intelligence in healthcare provision

Wednesday May 29 2019


Babyl ,the digital healthcare provider hopes to use Rwanda as example and localize its technologies to the country’s context to serve east Africa. PHOTO | Cyril NDEGEYA 

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BABYL, A London-based digital healthcare company with operations in Rwanda, plans to introduce artificial intelligence in healthcare, where computer systems will perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation.

The technology is able to understand and recognise the way humans describe their symptoms.

“Artificial intelligence is a tool that is developing fast. We need to be realistic about its capability, but we also need to be realistic about the speed,” said Ali Parsa, the company’s founder who was recently in Kigali.

The tech company has experimented with artificial intelligence and nurses, and said over 10,000 patients are using it.

The new technology uses its programmed knowledge, combined with a patient’s medical history and current symptoms to provide information on possible medical conditions and common treatments.

After testing the technology, the next step will be to translate it into Kinyarwanda, deal with the latency and the speed issue, to enable all subscribers to se the technology.


Recently, Babyl announced plans to sep up shop in Kenya and Ethiopia, after three years of operations in Rwanda.