Making vital services more human with AI
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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