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How the Bulgarian team of Halo DX uses ML algorithms to personalize diagnostics

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Halo DX is a US-based startup for advanced image-based diagnostics that has its engineering team located in Sofia, Bulgaria. The company uses ML technology to automate the reading of medical images and optimize the diagnostic process. After the company raised $19M in Series A earlier this year, The Recursive team met with Alexander Kolev, the Director Of Engineering of the Bulgarian team, and Julian Sirakov – one of the Senior Engineering Managers, in order to take a dive into the future of medical diagnostics. 

“We are building a companion reader application for radiologists, where we surface the results of those algorithms so that they can be later used to read patient scans. Since we also have our own clinics and large amounts of historical data we can train all sorts of non-diagnostics algorithms to solve day-to-day problems of imaging centers,” shares Kolev. 

As of now, the Sofia team consists of over 15 engineers, two DevOps specialists, two product managers, one UX engineer, and several other roles. There are plans for doubling the size of the local office in the near future. The team is in charge of developing the HALO Diagnostics NextGen Platform, which aims to make the operations of Halo diagnostics centers more efficient and enable them to offer truly personalized image-based diagnostics. Watch our video The Recursive Connects story to hear more about how the Bulgarian team uses ML algorithms to diagnose different diseases and what would be the impact if advanced health technologies reach a mass scale of adoption. 

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Elena is an Innovation Reporter at The Recursive, an online media dedicated to the emerging tech and startup ecosystems in Southeast Europe. She is keen on sharing the innovation stories that shape the regional ecosystem and has a great interest in fintech, IoT, and biotech startups. Elena is currently finishing her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Political Science at the American University in Bulgaria.