Aster CMI Hospital opens AI lab with Indian Institute of Science

Aster CMI Hospital, a multispeciality hospital under the Aster DM Healthcare Group in Bangalore, India, has set up an artificial intelligence lab in collaboration with the public university Indian Institute of Science. 

According to a news release, the Aster AI lab aims to build AI healthcare tools train healthcare professionals in AI. It brings together IISc’s expertise in AI development Aster CMI’s clinical competence to “aide, translate, validate the developed AI algorithms for clinical use”. 

The research facility will initially focus on developing AI tools for neurology will later expto other clinical specialities, said Dr Phaneendra K Yalavarthy, professor of medical imaging at IISc. It will support ongoing research projects, such as the “Development of Deep Learning Methods for Automated Tracking Segmentation of Nerves in Ultrasound Images” “Automatic Acute Stroke Symptom Detection Using Mobile Health Technologies”. 

WHY IT MATTERS

In recent years, India has been increasingly investing in AI for various industries, including healthcare. Most healthcare leaders in the country, according to a report by Royal Philips, said their health centres are ready to invest in AI technologies with the aim of optimising operations, integrating diagnostics, predicting patient outcomes. However, adoption is impeded by difficulties in data management a lack of systems interoperability. 

Dr Azad Moopen, founder managing director of Aster DM Healthcare, said the Aster AI lab will “open doors for healthcare professionals to undertake research better utilise AI tools to understtheir patient’s disease patterns improve treatment outcomes significantly”. Dr Yalavarthy added that it will “enable the development of highly impactful research technologies with a focus on translation to the bedside”.

Following the launch of the AI lab, Aster CMI IISc will later work on exchanging personnel conducting joint workshops to increase the cooperation in improving AI for clinicians patients, according to Aster CMI consultant neurologist Dr Lokesh B.

THE LARGER TREND

Aside from India, other health systems in Asia are also setting up AI labs to harness large volumes of health data into improving patient outcomes. 

The National Heart Centre Singapore has opened the Cardiovascular Systems Imaging Artificial Intelligence research laboratory, which aims to enhance the precision of predicting identifying cardiovascular diseases. 

The Hong Kong government through InnoHK has provided funding to set up a health AI robotics data research laboratory under the Laboratory of Data Discovery for Health, a joint research project by the University of Hong Kong partner universities in London Sydney.



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