iFlytek, the largest publicly-listed AI technology company in the Asia-Pacific region has further advanced its healthcare initiative by leading the Pre-A round investment into Cyrcadia Asia, a company developing a smart wearable bra insert that provides accurate early breast cancer detection.
While iFlytek is already a recognised a leader in speech technologies, it has made recent advances in AI applications for healthcare. In November 2017, the company grabbed attention when its “Xiaoyi” AI-powered robot successfully aced the national medical exam, the qualifying test for doctors in China, with 456 points, 96 points above the pass mark. iFlytek Health has now deployed its AI capability in over 50 hospitals in its native Anhui Province, China, to provide support to general practitioners in diagnosis and treatment, and in interpreting medical images including breast imaging. iFlytek Health, its healthcare division established in 2016, is headed by CEO Dr Tao Xiaodong, a veteran technologist of Philips and GE Healthcare who brings a wealth of expertise in medical imaging and computer-aided diagnostics. Dr Tao also joins the board of Cyrcadia Asia.