Microsoft partners with Apollo Hospitals to use AI for early detection of cardiac diseases

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Microsoft has said that they will be expanding their horizons in the field of India’s healthcare sector by providing artificial intelligence for cardiology.

“One of the things you immediately find out is that there’s tremendous possibilities in extracting insights from how health data lead to better outcomes in what doctors do,” Dr. Peter Lee, corporate vice president, AI & Research, at Microsoft told PTI after he announced the initiative in Las Vegas on the sidelines of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference and exhibition.

Microsoft joining hands with Apollo Hospital for artificial intelligence network in cardiology has also announced to expand its intelligent network for eyecare. The Artificial Intelligence accession in the healthcare sector will provide a solution to a variety of problems for patients, doctors, hospitals and the healthcare sector. The demand for the AI-focused network is rising in the healthcare industry.

The Apollo-Microsoft partnership focus is to deploy new models developed through machine learning which will predict patient’s heart risk as well as help doctors on treatment solution.

They are already working on AI-powered Cardio API(application program interface platform). The platform will authorize healthcare sector to provide faster, impulsive and predictable solutions for diseases.

“The systems of intelligence we create can change the lives of patients and the work of medical practitioners enabling accessible healthcare to all,” Lee said.

“We see tremendous possibilities where we can provide more intelligent tools to healthcare providers,” he said.

It’s not the first time, Microsoft had partnered with Indian health sector. Earlier they had partnered with L V Prasad Eye to adapt AI-powered solution for eyecare sector.

“Using that we were able to bring that data on a cloud in a way that is very secure… We were able to predict what the progression of refractive error would be six months from now, a year from now, two years ago,” he said.

“So then what we’ve done is we’ve created tools that allow doctors and nurses to understand and parents to understand what the progression of refractive error would be and that would be very motivating for early treatment, thereby reducing,” he said, adding that that model has been very important.

It’s not the first time, Microsoft had partnered with Indian health sector. Earlier they had partnered with L V Prasad Eye to adapt AI-powered solution for eyecare sector.

Their partnership motivated other giant eyecare institutes all around the world to bring AI based eyecare solutions.

“As we get more data, the machine learning models get better and better as the tools get better and better and more precise in predicting the visual outcome. So that model we want to apply to other domains,” Dr Lee said.

After the eyecare sector, now they are focusing on heart disease area with Apollo Hospital. AI Network for healthcare, he said, is part of Microsoft Healthcare NExt aimed to accelerate healthcare innovation through artificial intelligence and cloud computing.

Microsoft’s partnership with Apollo Hospitals will be a major step in the journey towards providing accessible healthcare to everyone, said Anil Bhansali, corporate vice president, Cloud, and Enterprise, managing director, Microsoft India (R&D) Private Limited.

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