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VBRI set to bring in AI, ML and IoT technologies in healthcare to enable quality and affordability

Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru
Monday, August 12, 2019, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

Vinoba Bhave Research Institute (VBRI) is now working to bring in Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Machine Learning to bring in affordable and quality healthcare accessible to the population.

With global revenues of an estimated $2.8 trillion, the healthcare industry is the world’s largest industry. India’s high population makes it an important player in this industry. The healthcare sector in India is witnessing a surge of activity and the beginning of what is seen as a rapid phase of growth. Therefore, we are on our way to introduce new technologies to make quality healthcare accessible to the population, Dr. Ashutosh Tiwari, chairman & managing director, VBRI, said.

Artificial intelligence will have a dramatic impact on many industries, and healthcare is no exception. AI could help diagnose strokes, eye disease, heart disease, skin cancer, and other conditions. Virtual healthcare/door step healthcare also known as telehealth or telemedicine, allows patients and doctors to touch base remotely using technology such as video conferencing or mobile apps. Smart medicine or nanomedicine is rapidly evolving field which controls individual atoms and molecules at the extremely minute ‘nanoscale.’ Nanomedicine is mainly used to effectively diagnose, treat, and prevent various diseases. Along with that it also offers numerous potential pathways to improving medical diagnosis and therapy and even to regenerate tissues and organs, he added.

Cloud computing is playing a prominent role, helping healthcare organizations in deploying telemedicine, mobile health applications, remote monitoring tools, and other advanced healthcare facilities. It has created a network for all disrupting techs like artificial intelligence, programming learning, big data science across all verticals. In fact, a deep insight into healthcare evolution can show that from telemedicine to mHealth, precision medicine to e-clinics, and EHRs to AI-based robotics surgery, all healthcare technologies work under the purview of ‘Cloud Medicine’

Moreover cloud medicine is the epicentre of technology revolution in Indian healthcare. Whether it is unavailability of doctors and medical practitioners, lack of basic infrastructure, delays in delivery of drugs and/or vaccines, downtime of equipment, or other healthcare service delivery problems, Cloud can effectively accomplish the herculean task of ensuring uniform delivery of quality healthcare across geographies, said Dr Tiwari.

It is estimated that 73 per cent of industry professionals will use the cloud to host patient empowerment tools another key driver toward the cloud. This means healthcare providers are increasingly using cloud-based applications to put resources into the hands of patients that will allow them to educate themselves, monitor their own health, and store and share their health records, he said.

In such a scenario, it is the Mobile hospital has affected tremendously in healthcare industry. From military field hospitals to the charity or mass disaster tent cities, mobile hospitals are much needed. They are in demand where an access to a traditional, stationery health care facility is limited. Mobile hospital covers the rural or slum areas in the vicinity where either no government health care facilities exist or where those that do exist do not provide enough care for the population. In India mobile hospitals are used to provide immediate, affordable solutions to the need for modern, self-sustaining surgical and medical centres for rural communities. They also act as a relief changer at the time of disaster, population relocations, hospital expansions and remodels, military healthcare and humanitarian aid, said Dr Tiwari.


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