Making vi­tal ser­vices more hu­man with AI

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Su­veen Sinha su­veen.sinha@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Those who think of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, or AI, as science fic­tion will be dis­ap­pointed. In the end, a robot will not try to kill us all and rule the earth. Ac­tu­ally, AI can do a world of good; its ear­li­est adopter in In­dia is Ma­ni­pal Hos­pi­tals, which will use it in on­col­ogy.

In the real world, AI is what makes a com­puter do more than what it is pro­grammed for, to dis­cover and think for it­self. It comes in handy in analysing data.

In­dia has one on­col­o­gist for ev­ery 1,600 pa­tients. Many pa­tients are in­ter­net-savvy and want to know how a cer­tain re­search pa­per would in­flu­ence their treat­ment. This year saw 130 re­search pa­pers on can­cer pub­lished ev­ery day. It is not pos­si­ble for a doc­tor to study and an­a­lyse all of them, and all the other data al­ready out there.

So Ma­ni­pal part­nered with IBM to bring Watson, its cog­ni­tive com­put­ing plat­form, an­other name for AI, to In­dia. Watson, an early global leader in the field, can an­a­lyse thou­sands of pa­pers and moun­tains of data on each type of can­cer — of which there are hun­dreds — and sug­gest the most ap­pro­pri­ate treat­ment.

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