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AI to help Belarusian Healthcare Ministry detect unfair prices

Society 12.08.2019 | 14:53

MINSK, 12 August (BelTA) – Resident companies of the Hi-Tech Park intend to design a platform incorporating artificial intelligence components for the Belarusian healthcare system. The platform will help detect overpriced purchases in medical institutions, BelTA learned from Belarusian Healthcare Minister Vladimir Karanik on 12 August.

The official said: “At present all the purchases made by medical institutions have to be registered with a special platform that contains all the information. Together with the Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade Ministry and residents of the Hi-Tech Park we are now discussing the creation of a platform with AI components, which will analyze these big amounts of data automatically in order to detect similar items, which different hospitals buy at different prices. Once such purchases are detected, the Healthcare Ministry will be asked to analyze reasons for them.”

In his opinion, the approach will root out those who like to “toy with prices”. “Everyone will understand that instead of looking at some purchases we will keep an eye on all of them,” the healthcare minister stressed.

Vladimir Karanik added that the proposal had been discussed during the meeting with the Belarus president earlier that day. The head of state approved of the idea. “The system will be worked out within the framework of partnership with residents of the Hi-Tech Park and will not require additional finance on the part of the state budget. Contrariwise, it will save budget money,” he added.

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