Carnegie Mellon professor uses AI to streamline medical assessment
CMU-Q associate teaching professor of computer science, Mohammad Hammoud, has created an AI-based medical assessment tool that is garnering attention from global health tech leaders. The software Avey uses artificial intelligence to provide a fast and accurate self-diagnosis, as well as doctor recommendations for follow-up. Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) is a Qatar Foundation partner university.
“It has been my mission and my passion to leverage my expertise in computer science to create a better health journey for others,” said Hammoud. Avey is a part of Rimads, an entrepreneurial venture started by Hammoud that includes a health and wellness home delivery app for people living in Qatar.
Hammoud created Rimads in 2017, and the firm now employs several alumni from CMU-Q, including biological science graduate Abdurrahman Elzafarany (2020), business administration graduate Abdul Manaam (2022), computational biology graduate Yousuf Kanbour (2019), and computer science graduates Swapnendu Sanyal (2020) and Omar Sinan (2021).
In 2022, Avey won the MENA InsurTech Hackathon, a competition that included 137 startups from 33 countries. Avey was also a global finalist for the KPMG Private Enterprise Global Tech Innovator competition in Lisbon, Portugal.
In November 2022, Hammoud was featured by Entrepreneur Middle East in the article “Healthcare, redefined: Qatar-based Avey offers AI-driven self-diagnostic tool to enable access to better healthcare.”