Tech giant Microsoft and one of the largest health systems in India have launched a partnership to build an Artificial Intelligence network for the early diagnosis of cardiac diseases. 

Announcing the deal at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas, Microsoft and Apollo Hospitals said they will work together to develop and deploy new machine learning models that predict patient risk for heart disease and help doctors devise treatment plans.

The AI network is an initiative out of Microsoft’s Healthcare NExT, which is aimed at fast-tracking healthcare innovation through artificial intelligence and cloud computing. Microsoft is already working on an AI-powered Cardio API.

“AI Network for Healthcare aims to democratise artificial intelligence by empowering healthcare providers with faster, intuitive and predictable solutions and reducing the disease burden,” Microsoft corporate vice president for AI and research Peter Lee said.

Microsoft’s partnership with Apollo combines its AI and machine learning knowledge with Apollo’s experience and expertise in cardiology. 

Cardiac disease is among the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in India. The Apollo Hospitals group includes more than 8000 beds across 45 hospitals and manages a substantial clinical database.

“Cardiac disease is amongst India’s leading causes of mortality and morbidity, which is exacting a toll on the health and well-being of our citizens. The collaboration with Microsoft’s path-breaking technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will help better predict, prevent and manage heart disease in the country,” Sangita Reddy, joint managing director at Apollo Hospitals, said.

The partners plan to create a global consortium to tackle multiple cardiovascular diseases.

HIMSS is the parent company of Healthcare IT News Australia.




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