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AI stroke imaging software rolled out in stroke centres across Hungary

The AI-powered medtech solutions company, Brainomix, has been awarded the national tender in Hungary to deploy its AI stroke imaging software across all stroke centers in Hungary as part of the National Institute for Health Development initiative to improve stroke care.

Awarded following a competitive process, the 5-year program is funded under the EU4Health programme and is the first time that a single stroke AI imaging platform will be deployed across an entire country.

This latest tender will build upon an earlier EU grant that had funded the installation of Brainomix’s flagship e-Stroke platform in 10 hospitals in and around the Hungarian city of Pécs. It will enable e-Stroke to be deployed across the remaining 28 stroke centres in Hungary’s national healthcare system, with the support of eRAD, who will be serving as a technological partner.

e-Stroke is a collection of tools that use state-of-the-art AI algorithms to support doctors by providing real-time interpretation of brain scans to help guide treatment and transfer decisions for stroke patients, allowing more patients to be treated in the right place, at the right time.

The initiative to use AI to improve stroke care and patient outcomes for the benefit of all stroke patients in Hungary was driven by world leading neuroscientist, Prof Dr István Szikora of the National Institute of Mental Health, Neurology and Neurosurgery, (OMIII) in Budapest, which will serve as the national stroke centre with full oversight for the program.

The e-Stroke platform will support both specialist and non-specialist clinicians to interpret stroke brain scans in real-time, and to identify patients who need urgent treatments or transfer to a specialist hospital. Using the e-Stroke mobile app, doctors can securely share brain scans with specialists at other hospitals, bringing expert decision making to all hospital Emergency Departments 24/7.

The e-Stroke platform has been in use at Semmelweis University Hospital, Budapest, for the past four years, where the primary stroke center treats more than 700 stroke patients each year. Dr Bence Gunda, a Neurologist and Associate Professor based at the Department of Neurology at Semmelweis, has previously shown that treatment rates for stroke patients improved and treatment times were reduced following the installation of Brainomix’s e-Stroke.

In addition to the full national tender for Hungary, e-Stroke has been adopted by other countries in Europe, including across Andalucía in Spain and, in 2021, Brainomix was awarded the national tender for 17 of Poland’s largest comprehensive stroke centers. In the UK, Brainomix won an NHS Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award to deploy e-Stroke across a number of UK stroke networks and evaluate its impact on stroke care across NHS regions.

Since its launch in 2015, e-Stroke is now used in over 330 hospitals in 30 countries, and it is estimated that every 4 seconds a stroke patient benefits from the insights its AI-powered software provides.

Launching the program, Prof Dr Szikora said: “Each year more than 20,000 stroke patients are admitted to hospitals across Hungary. e-Stroke has been shown to enable faster treatment times facilitating better patient outcomes, as experienced in single sites here in Hungary and reported in other countries including the UK and Poland.

“In our earlier experience with e-Stroke we were particularly impressed by its comprehensive suite of imaging solutions, with the ability to be used in small general hospitals as well as large stroke centres. We are glad that, with the support of an EU grant, this option now will be available in multiple stroke centres throughout the country.”

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Emma Cooper
Emma Cooper
Emma is Content Manager at Pf Media.

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