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WHO and partners launch world’s most extensive freely accessible AI health worker

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The World Health Organization, with the support of the Qatari Ministry of Health, today launched version 2.0 of the Florence Digital Health Worker, powered by artificial intelligence, offering an innovative and interactive platform for sharing a wide variety of health topics online. seven languages ​​in Global Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) in Qatar.

Florence can share mental health tips, de-stress tips, provide guidance on eating right, being more active, and quitting tobacco and e-cigarettes. She can also offer information on COVID-19 vaccines and more. Florence 2.0 is now available in English, followed by Arabic, French, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, and Russian.

Florence has helped combat misinformation about COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. The pandemic has had a significant effect on mental health. It is estimated that 1 in 8 people in the world lives with a mental disorder. Its issues like tobacco and unhealthy diet kill 16 million people each year, while physical inactivity kills an estimated 830,000. These deaths are due to preventable and preventable diseases like cancer, heart disease, lung disease and diabetes. be controlled with adequate support. .

“Digital technology plays a critical role in helping people around the world lead healthier lives,” said Andy Pattison, WHO Digital Channels Team Leader. “AI health worker Florence is a shining example of the potential of harnessing technology to promote and protect people’s physical and mental health. At WISH, our goal is to meet with visionary partners to continue to improve this cutting-edge technology. AI can help fill the health information gaps that exist in many communities around the world.”

“We are pleased to partner with WHO for the development of Florence and are very excited about the opportunities this technology can offer to raise awareness of key health issues,” said Dr. Yousuf Al Maslamani, Official Healthcare Spokesperson for the World Cup. FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. , Ministry of Public Health.

“We know that providing advice on Florence’s key health topics, including mental health, nutrition and tobacco cessation, is an important tool in our commitment to helping people make healthy lifestyle choices,” added Dr. Al-Maslamani.

At the WISH conference, the WHO launched the beta version of Florence 2.0 to engage with scientists, public health organizations, business and policymakers and plans to continue developing the digital health worker to help solve major health problems facing the world today.

“We are pleased that Florence 2.0 was launched at the WISH conference. This is a place for global players to come together to find solutions for public health. WHO is showing incredible leadership in innovation through the use of groundbreaking empathic AI,” said Nick Bradshaw, Director of Partnerships and Outreach at WISH.

The digital health worker is a prominent feature of the Sport for Health partnership between WHO and the Qatar Ministry of Public Health, which was established to help make this year’s campaign FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 a beacon for health and safety.

The project is supported by the technology company Soul Machines, which brings the avatars to life in the form of autonomously animated digital people. “Through this collaboration, we have created a persona for the frontline responder that is empathic, informative and understanding,” says Greg Cross, CEO and co-founder of Soul Machines. “Our Digital People operate and respond in real time, providing users with a unique and emotionally engaging experience. We look forward to continuing our work in Florence as we aim to positively reshape and transform the healthcare industry.”

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