Miguel Angel Luengo-Oroz

Ashoka Fellow
Madrid, Spain
Fellow Since 2013

Citation

This profile was prepared when Miguel Angel Luengo-Oroz was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
The New Idea
Miguel is transforming the medical diagnosis field through his platform that integrates crowdsourcing techniques, video games, artificial intelligence and mobile devices to make disease diagnosis available on a massive scale for people in low- and middle-income countries.

MalariaSpot is an online game that directly supports malaria diagnosis based on three pillars. The first is the contributions of thousands of citizens connected through the Internet. Certain specific image analysis tasks—such as recognizing malaria parasites—can be quickly learned by non-specialists, therefore exponentially increasing the potential global “workforce” devoted to image diagnosis, while saving the valuable time of medical specialists. Second, Miguel has designed his platform to take advantage of users’ abilities to interact and play in digital worlds. Finally, Miguel incentivizes and motivates players to make accurate diagnoses by imbuing his platform with a competitive edge.

By combining the clicks from a significant number of non-expert volunteers, Miguel is creating an important, new source of high precision diagnoses. The accuracy of the image diagnosis increases with the analysis of different players around the world. This approach can be used for a number of other diseases where diagnosis commonly requires interpreting images. These include cervical cancer and tuberculosis.

Miguel’s approach is another step in the process of leaving a healthcare system controlled by a few specialists and opening up to a world where most of the initiative will be with the patients, their families, friends, neighbors and peers. Miguel is adding the power of the crowd to that of family and friends. Almost all the over 700 global Ashoka health innovation Fellows are moving the system in this direction.
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