The doctor's tireless third eye. Pilulka Lab invests in Czech healthcare startup Carebot

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The doctor's tireless third eye. Pilulka Lab invests in Czech healthcare startup Carebot

It's been a couple of months since Pill and StartupYard announced the launch of Pilulka Lab with the aim of accelerating startups in the digital health space. The first acquisition is Carebota project that helps doctors make better diagnoses from more than just X-rays using artificial intelligence. 

Carebot can recommend to the doctor in seconds with machine precision what findings are present on chest X-rays and also mark the foci of disease. The app thus significantly improves the quality of diagnoses, can detect findings that a doctor might not notice in a hospital practice, and can help save lives as well, says Carebot CEO and co-founder Daniel Kvak. 

Pilulka Lab focuses on supporting healthcare startups from Central and Eastern Europe working in the areas of artificial intelligence, blockchain, medical data, healthcare and active living support. That's why Pilulka, through its accelerator, decided to join Carebot, which will now go through its three-month accelerator program.

"Pilulka is synonymous with innovation in healthcare. That's why we want to support projects that transform the segment and bring better care to people in the region. We have analysed over 50 companies from 14 countries over the past few months and are in closer discussions with several. We are delighted that Carebot is the first among the projects to join the accelerator. For us, it meets all the parameters to be extremely successful and to says Martin Kasa, Co-founder a Pilulka Lab. 

"Joining Pilulka Lab is a major milestone for us in recent months. Their experience in the healthcare segment and expertise in the business is unquestionable and we are delighted that they will help us in our rapid growth and expansion. Carebot will be able to start helping in hospitals and clinics not only in the Czech Republic, but also around the world," confirms Matěj Misař, co-founder of Carebot.

Carebot is being developed with doctors for doctors. Patients and the entire healthcare system will benefit from better diagnoses, company officials say. Improving the quality of diagnoses can mean catching diseases at an earlier stage and a higher chance of a patient's recovery. Once certified, the Carebot app will be able to be implemented in any hospital and practice locally and globally

The company's ambitions go even further. "The analysis of the chest images is just the beginning. We already know that we can scale our solution to almost any screening that is done, not just static ones. One day, Carebot will also help with diagnoses from CT scans, MRIs or colonoscopy," says Daniel Kvak.

Pfizer Healthcare Lab: Carebot in the TOP5 startups from Central Europe

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In the first year of the Pfizer Healthcare Lab project, in which Pfizer is looking for start-ups from Central and Eastern Europe offering innovative solutions for healthcare, four projects from the Czech Republic and one idea from Latvia were successful. Out of ten projects from all over Europe, Pfizer chose Carebot for a possible future collaboration. "This gives us the opportunity to collaborate with the most innovative and one of the largest healthcare companies in the world. This is another confirmation for us of the right direction of our project and we believe that with such partners we can significantly contribute to better diagnoses from X-ray images worldwide", agree Carebot founders Daniel Kvak and Matěj Misař.

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Deloitte Impact Stars: Carebot was named one of the 50 fastest growing technology companies.

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If the world had not faced covid-19, Daniel Kvak and his wife Karolina might have tackled bone age prediction. Instead, they focused on the lungs, using artificial intelligence to develop a system that can tell in seconds from an X-ray whether a patient is healthy or has covid, pneumonia or any other lung finding, including a tumour.

He is a PhD student at Masaryk University in Brno, working on machine learning, she is a forensic anthropologist. That's not the beginning of the advert, but the beginning of the story of the Carebot startup. There is still a third to the party, Matěj Misař, formerly a journalist specializing in healthcare, now Carebot's CEO. The word was given when all three of them realized that this idea has a much bigger scope and that it will not be "just" about covid, but that it can completely help the whole healthcare sector.

"Imagine that every radiologist and every doctor has a system on their computer through which they look at X-ray images. We put our model directly into their system. When he receives a photo of a patient's lungs, he clicks a button and Carebot immediately recommends what the patient has on his lungs and where it is," explains Matěj Misař.

Carebot uses state-of-the-art machine learning and computer vision technologies, or works on the basis of deep neural networks. "We present the software, the neural network, with images of the lungs and at the same time annotations, i.e. what the patient's findings are. This makes Carebot able to learn to recognise individual findings based on this knowledge alone. It has been trained on hundreds of thousands of images of women, men and children that have been annotated twice, i.e. evaluated twice by different doctors," explains Daniel Kvak.

We trained our neural network on a large dataset of individual findings, age groups, geographic locations or gender, taking into account standing or lying patients, but most importantly also the possibilities of how to scan and how to scan. This is also crucial for other countries where we encounter images of varying quality. Carebot can handle these as well.

Carebot's ambition is certainly not to replace the doctor - he will always be there to diagnose and treat patients. And doctors realise this, they perceive Carebot positively. As Daniel Kvak says, radiologists are probably the most open to new technologies and enjoy innovation.

The aim is to significantly improve the quality of diagnoses using artificial intelligence. And to assist an overloaded system where radiologists are not available, for example during night shifts or in small hospitals. It also plays a key role when it comes to prevention. "Any finding that is not detected early enough can subsequently develop into something much bigger. A sick patient then costs the healthcare system more money," recalls Daniel Kvak.

One of the key things that sets Carebot apart from the competition is its ease of implementation. "The fact that we are able to plug anywhere, into any radiologist's or doctor's computer, into any system, in a very short time. Telemedicine is on the rise, we have also created a web application that doctors can use in the same way," says Daniel Kvak.

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