WHO, others launch ‘Digital Health Worker’ in Qatar
WORLD Health Organisation (WHO), in partnership with global health actors majorly with support from the Qatar Ministry of Health, has launched the AI-powered WHO Digital Health Worker, Florence version 2.0
Florence, which is said to be the world’s most extensive freely accessible AI health worker is designed to offer an innovative
and interactive platform to share a myriad of health topics in seven languages which includes sharing advice on mental health, give tips on distress, provide guidance on how to eat right, be more active, and quit tobacco and e-cigarettes is now available in English with Arabic, French, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi and Russian.
According to the WHO Team Lead for Digital Channels, Andy Pattison, the people every year, while physical inactivity kills an estimated 830 000. These deaths are due to diseases like cancer, heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes that can be prevented and controlled with the right support.
health digital worker can also offer information on COVID-19 vaccines and more and has helped fight misinformation around COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. The pandemic has had a significant effect on mental health. It is estimated that one in every eight people in the world lives with a mental disorder. Her topics like tobacco and unhealthy diet kill 16 million people every year, while physical inactivity kills an estimated 830 000. These deaths are due to diseases like cancer, heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes that can be prevented and controlled with the right support.
His words: “Digital technology plays a critical role in helping people worldwide lead healthier lives, The AI Health Worker Florence is a shining example of the potential to harness technology to promote and protect people’s physical and mental health. At WISH, we aim to meet with visionary partners to continue to improve this cutting-edge technology. AI can help fill gaps in health information that exist in many communities around the world.”
“At the WISH conference, WHO released the beta version of Florence 2.0 to interact with scientists, public health organisations, entrepreneurs, and policy-makers and plans to continue to develop the digital health worker to help meet major health issues facing the world
“We are pleased to have Florence 2.0 launched at the WISH conference. This is a place for global actors to come together to find solutions for public health. WHO is demonstrating incredible innovation leadership by using groundbreaking empathetic 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 has been established to help make this year’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 a beacon for health and safety.
The project is supported by technology company, Soul Machines, which brings avatars to life in the form of autonomously animated digital people.
On his part, the CEO and Co- Founder of Soul Machines Greg Cross stated that: “Through this collaboration, we have created a personality for the frontline responder that is empathetic, informative, and understanding. 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 on Florence as we aim to positively reshape and transform the health-care industry.”