Samsung Elec, Gangnam Severance and FNI join up for VR, AI psychotherapy

2017.09.05 16:08:30

From the left, Samsung Electronics’ IM Solution Division Group Head Kim Guen-pyo, Gangsam Severance Hospital Vice Director Kim Jae-jin and FNI Co. CEO Jung Deok-hwan pose for a group photograph after signing the MoU for the development of health management service using mobile VR at Gangnam Severance Hospital in Seoul on Monday. (Picture by Samsung Electronics)이미지 확대

From the left, Samsung Electronics’ IM Solution Division Group Head Kim Guen-pyo, Gangsam Severance Hospital Vice Director Kim Jae-jin and FNI Co. CEO Jung Deok-hwan pose for a group photograph after signing the MoU for the development of health management service using mobile VR at Gangnam Severance Hospital in Seoul on Monday. (Picture by Samsung Electronics)

South Korean technology companies have joined up with a local hospital to apply virtual reality and artificial intelligence-enabled diagnosis and treatment system for mental illness.

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co., Gangnam Severance Hospital and FNI Co. said they signed a memorandum of understanding to develop and apply VR and AI technologies for psychological therapy.

The service available from 2018 will build an integrated therapeutic platform to reduce suicide impulses.

The team will further progress with a business model using mobile VR health management technology to combine medical science and IT.

The device makers will provide VR diagnostic kits and specially-designed chairs for psychological analysis, VR mental health management app with psychological evaluation and training functions, and AI diagnosis system.

Samsung will be in charge of providing the hardware devices like the VR headset, Gear S3 smartwatch, FNI VR contents, and Gangnam Severance Hospital its big medical data.

By Seo Dong-cheol

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