12-Feb-2020 Rollout of Pilots for New AI-powered Temperature Screening Page Content12 February 2020, Singapore – With the increasing need for productive and accurate temperature screening across Singapore during the heightened risk posture of DORSCON Orange, Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS) (technology agency for public healthcare) partnered local startup Kronikare to pilot iThermo - a temperature screening solution powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) that screens and identifies febrile persons. iThermo is currently being piloted at IHiS headquarters in Serangoon North and St. Andrews Community Hospital (SACH) from 10 and 11 February onwards respectively in "live" operational environments. The Singapore innovation reduces the need for manual temperature screening, and provides prompts where secondary checks can be carried out for febrile persons identified by the solution. Benefits of iThermo include: more productive use of manpower that can be redeployed to other more pressing needsminimises long queues as it reduces time taken to conduct manual screeningreduces the risks of exposure to viruses for frontline staff. Mr. Bruce Liang, Chief Executive Officer at IHiS, shared: "Healthcare institutions and many businesses find it challenging to perform large scale temperature screening at speed. AI can help. The iThermo solution uses mobile phones with thermal and laser cameras, and an AI app to seamlessly detect people who may have fever, as they walk by. The app will generate an alert if a febrile person is detected. This reduces scanning fatigue, manpower and time. IHiS and Kronikare co-created the iThermo solution in two weeks. It is being piloted now and the results are encouraging. We have received enquiries from healthcare institutions and other sectors including retail and banking.""St. Andrew's Community Hospital (SACH) is privileged to partner IHIS to be a pilot site for iThermo. We are piloting this new AI-powered temperature scanning solution to see if it can be a viable and cost-efficient solution for the screening of temperature of community hospital visitors. iThermo has the potential to cut down on the time taken to check each visitor's temperature compared to the manual method. Our visitors would certainly benefit from a more efficient screening and registration process here," said Ms Tan Lay Kheng, Director of Operations and Allied Health, St. Andrew's Community Hospital How iThermo works iThermo is a lightweight solution that uses a smart phone fitted with thermal and 3D laser cameras. The AI application processes and analyses the images from the smartphone camera (which captures facial features) and maps them to images from the thermal camera (which measures temperature) as well as the laser camera (which measures distance). The Smart Health solution utilising AI is able to: recognise human facial features from thermal images to measure the forehead temperature, including individuals wearing spectacles, surgical masks, hats and other headgear, even when they are walking. The solution is able to do so for estimated footfall of up to 5,000 a day.calibrate the temperature reading taking into consideration the ambient temperature.incorporate distance analysis and compensation (as temperature measurements reduce with distance). It measure temperatures accurately up to a distance of three metres from the camera (a feature not found in other similar range solutions).provide audio alerts to indicate that the temperature has been recorded, as well as trigger alarms for secondary checks and send SMS/email notifications to flag febrile persons to multiple users.provide status reports and real-time updates via the dashboard with rate of traffic and how many febrile persons were identified. The dashboard can be connected to multiple cameras at different locations, and enable remote monitoring of the status at different sites. Development of iThermo"KroniKare has been working closely with IHiS to introduce the use of AI in healthcare through automatic processing of multi-spectral images for diagnostic purposes. Together with IHiS, we were able to very quickly re-purpose our device using the same hardware, but different software, to perform real-time temperature screening. Our co-development with IHiS has helped us to be agile and enabled us to swiftly develop this solution, deploy a proof-of-concept and pilot in such a short time to respond to a critical period such as this" Hossein Nejati, Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder, Kronikare iThermo was conceptualised by IHiS and co-developed by software engineers from Kronikare and IHiS. The solution was adapted from the patented Kronikare Wound Scanner, which provides wound assessments in under 30 seconds. The prototype was tested in a proof-of-concept and demonstrated that there was no significant difference between the temperatures measured by iThermo and a clinical forehead thermometer. From conceptualisation to proof-of-concept in under two weeks, iThermo received Class A certification from the Health Sciences Authority on 3 February 2020. Since then, Kronikare has ramped up the production of the certified device and 50 units will be made available for deployment from mid-February, and another 50 units by end of February.