Dr CadX up for Innovation Prize For Africa Award

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A Zimbabwean tech startup Dr CadX was shortlisted for the Innovation Prize For Africa which is set to be hosted in Ghana from July 17 to July 18.

This initiative brings together people across Africa to showcase their innovations in healthcare, engineering, energy and communications sectors.Gift Gana the co-founder of Dr CadX created a computer-aided diagnostic system that helps doctors and health care workers diagnose medical images more accurately.

“Due to the scarcity of radiologists on the continent, most medical images are read by general doctors or other healthcare workers who lack expertise and end up misdiagnosing more than 30% of the cases that they review. As a result, millions of patients fail to get the right treatment or the treatment is delayed leading to more complications like increased cost and complexity of treatment, the spread of communicable disease and even death,” the judges say.

“Dr CADx uses deep learning, a technology that simulates how the human brain works, to recognize patterns that are characteristic of the disease in the images. Once an image is transferred to a computer with the software installed, making a diagnosis is as easy as uploading a photo to Facebook and getting a diagnosis in a few seconds. The current prototype achieves an accuracy of 82% which is an improvement on the 70% average for radiologists. Additionally, Dr CADx is designed to work in low-resource settings with poor internet connectivity opening it up for use in many rural settings in Africa.”

Screenshot of Dr CadX website

The winner chosen at a ceremony in Accra, Ghana on July 18, will be awarded a total prize money of $185,000. Going into its sixth year, the competition allows entrants a great way to showcase their ideas.

“In essence,” she adds, “it inspire them to view challenges as opportunities to contribute to Africa’s socio-economic development. Thanks to IPA, Africans get to know their own heroes with inspiring success stories, therefore, are no longer just looking up to Silicon Valley success stories. Moreover, IPA helps rebrand Africa as an innovative continent, with outstanding innovators ready for strategic investments just like innovators anywhere around the world.”

The winner will be chosen at a ceremony in Accra, Ghana on July 18, where the total prize money of $185,000 will be awarded. Going into its sixth year, the competition allows entrants a great way to showcase their ideas.

“It gives them a unique platform to showcase their innovations, position them as problem solvers with marketable solutions,” says Mujawamariya Koelbl. “The IPA platform provides opportunities to attract needed investments and other support to move their innovations forward… [and] become role models for the younger generation and inspire them to take actions when they see challenges.”

“In essence,” she adds, “it inspire them to view challenges as opportunities to contribute to Africa’s socio-economic development. Thanks to IPA, Africans get to know their own heroes with inspiring success stories, therefore, are no longer just looking up to Silicon Valley success stories. Moreover, IPA helps rebrand Africa as an innovative continent, with outstanding innovators ready for strategic investments just like innovators anywhere around the world.”

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