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Microsoft’s Healthcare Initiatives in India

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Artificial intelligence and machine learning can become a great asset in improving healthcare services. India is not untouched through this technological advancement, thanks to the technical giant Microsoft’s initiative to bring the technologies to Indian healthcare forefront. Amongst the noticeable developments are the cardiology and healthcare initiative.

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According to a Global Burden of Disease Report, 1.7 million Indians died of cardiovascular illnesses, making heart disease a leading cause of death in India. Microsoft’s latest initiative is to prevent heart-related diseases with the help of machine learning algorithms. In collaboration with Apollo Hospital, it aims to create new machine learning AI algorithms in cardiology segment in healthcare, which will help doctors to structure data and use algorithms to begin treatment whilst the disease is at the nascent stage. AI network for healthcare aims to democratise AI by empowering healthcare providers with faster, intuitive and predictable solutions and reducing the diseases burden.

Apart from Apollo, there are other hospitals who tied up with Microsoft for using machine learning and data analytics to improve patient care in India. Microsoft engaged with LV Prasad Eye Institute about two years ago to launch a consortium called Microsoft Intelligent Network for Eyecare. It enables doctors to take necessary steps to prevent and treat visual impairments by predicting regression rates for eye operations. The partner organizations of this consortium are Bascom Palmer – University of Miami, Flaum Eye Institute – University of Rochester (USA), Federal University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Brien Holden Vision Institute (Australia). Microsoft’s other notable eyecare initiatives are the tie-up with Telangana last year to use MINE platform to screen children for eye problems and prevent avoidable blindness, making Telangana the first state in India to bring artificial intelligence in public health screening and the collaboration with Sankara Eye Hospital to launch Maitri. It is a first of its kind bus customized to offer vision rehabilitation in remote areas of Karnataka to identify citizens suffering from vision problems and provide comprehensive rehabilitation services.

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