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An AI revolution is sweeping, transforming Brazilian healthcare
By Gustavo Meirelles  |  Oct 25, 2023
An AI revolution is sweeping, transforming Brazilian healthcare
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The rise of AI and the digital age are driving silent yet comprehensive change in Brazilian healthcare, with profound implications and innovative progress in digital health to benefit both doctors and their patients, says radiologist and healthcare executive Dr Gustavo Meirelles.

SAO PAULO - The challenging landscape of healthcare in Brazil is being shaped by a silent yet profoundly impactful transformation led by artificial intelligence (AI). In this context, Brazil’s Hospital das Clinicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Sao Paulo (HCFMUSP) stands out as an undisputed leader, heralding an era of profound change and innovative progress in digital health.

HCFMUSP's strategic alliance with Brazil’s federal government and visionary organizations like the United Kingdom government in the Better Health Program is a success story that has redefined standards in applying AI to revolutionize Brazilian healthcare. Under the umbrella of ‘Saude Digital,’ the institution develops technological solutions that not only enhance patient care and monitoring but also significantly expand services throughout Brazil’s national health system the Sistema Unico de Saude network, bridging the gaps in assistance that have long been hurdles for underserved communities.

In 2021, this remarkable movement began in Santarem - a town in the northern Amazonian state of Pará - at a remote basic health unit where over 900 medical consultations were conducted via telemedicine, reducing distances and bringing patients closer to the healthcare they needed. This initiative marked the beginning of successful efforts to reduce patient waiting times and travel to healthcare facilities, providing medical assistance directl

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