A team of engineers at a government-run AI lab in the eastern state of Madhya Pradesh is taking technology that could transform healthcare by building artificial intelligence-powered health-care services.
The team, led by professor Dr. Satish Dixit, is working on a medical-automation platform to make decisions on medical procedures and deliver results within a few minutes.
The aim is to transform the healthcare system from a manual process into a machine-learning process that can make better decisions on patients.
Dr. Dixer said the platform would make decisions like where to deliver drugs, what to administer, and what to avoid by automatically picking the best options for a patient based on data gathered by machine learning algorithms.
“It’s a system that can be trained on the data it collects and make better healthcare decisions, and this is the goal of the project,” he told The Hindu.
The AI platform will help doctors better identify and treat patients in the most urgent cases, and it could also help doctors make better diagnoses and reduce complications in a variety of health problems, he added.
The technology could be used to diagnose problems like diabetes and heart disease, which require rapid treatment and are often the most difficult for doctors to deal with.
“The AI platform can learn about the patient, their medical history, and then make recommendations to doctors to treat the patient,” he said.
“A lot of people are not trained in the AI space, so they don’t understand the nuances of AI.
So the AI platform has to learn this very fine-grained information.
It’s learning from its own experience.”
A patient in India.
Image credit: Srinivasan Mohan/FlickrThe AI technology developed by the Madhya the institute could be applied in the field of health care.
Dr Dixet told The National newspaper that he has been working on the project for about six months.
“We are trying to find a solution to the challenge of how to diagnose, treat, and manage patients,” he added, adding that the team is already working on several applications, including for healthcare services in the city.
In the past, medical tech companies have developed their own systems for diagnosing and treating people.
The Indian government’s Medical Research Council has developed a mobile app to help doctors diagnose diseases and monitor patients’ health, and the government has also established an AI-driven diagnostic platform for doctors, a project that is currently being led by a team of doctors from India’s medical colleges.
However, the AI development and deployment of AI has been limited to healthcare, and many people have yet to get their hands on the technology.
According to data from a 2016 survey, less than 3% of Indian adults have access to a smartphone.
It was estimated that India has only about 5% of the world’s smartphone users.