(Yicai Global) Feb. 14 -- Chinese search engine giant Baidu wants to donate artificially intelligent medical devices to poverty-stricken areas in China, but it does not yet have a license to produce these potentially harmful machines.
Baidu has expanded its business scope to accommodate its plan to give AI machines used for fundus screening of retinal diseases to 500 poor counties nationwide, while covering 56 million potential patients, the Beijing-based firm told Yicai Global. The company is still pending relevant permits, it added.
However, the Food and Drug Administration's official site shows that Baidu has not yet applied for a license to produce class-2 and class-3 medical devices, Chinese newspaper the National Business Daily reported. Class 3 classifies technologies that pose the highest level of potential danger to humans.
Baidu has been developing the product together with the Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center under the Sun Yat-sen University in southern Guangdong province. The device was debuted at Baidu World Conference held last November.
Editor: Emmi Laine