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Microsoft expands its healthcare AI initiative in India

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today said it will expand its footprint in India's by bringing in 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, & Research, at told after he announced the initiative in on the sidelines of the (HIMSS) annual conference and exhibition.

has partnered with to create an AI-focused network in cardiology. It has also announced the expansion of for eyecare.

The Apollo partnership, he said, will work to develop and deploy new models to predict patient risk for heart and assists doctors on treatment plans.

The team is already working on an AI-powered Cardio (application program interface) platform, he said, adding that Network for healthcare aims to democratise by empowering with faster, and reducing the burden.

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

"We see tremendous possibilities where we can provide more to healthcare providers," he said.

or can be a great asset in improving in For example, over a quarter billion people are visually impaired globally; 60 million of those people are in More than 80 per cent of these clearly would have been avoided if they had been diagnosed and treated early, Dr Lee said.

Microsoft had earlier tied up with to bring in AI in the eyecare sector. It obtained high images and medical outcomes of some 400,000 patients.

"Using that we were able to bring that data on a in a way that is very secure... We were able to predict what the progression of 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 would be and that would be very motivating for early treatment, thereby reducing," he said, adding that that model has been very important.

This successful partnership with L V Prasad Eye Institute, he said, has motivated other top tier eye care organizations all around the world to join this kind of data.

"As we get more data, the 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.

Heart is the next target area. "We have established a partnership with We are following the same model," he said.

AI Network for healthcare, he said, is part of Microsoft aimed to accelerate through artificial intelligence and

"The idea is to bringing together existing partnerships in the healthcare arena, out great product in and engineering and the power of and try to bled all of those together" to do cloud AI and transform the

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

According to Dr Lee, discussions are in very very early stages to scale this up to the national level.

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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 23:45 IST