Bangalore (Press Release): In line with its commitment to provide quality healthcare using the latest medical technology, Aster CMI Hospital, in association with Indian Institute of Science (IISc), today launched an artificial intelligence (AI) laboratory. The Aster-AI laboratory is a collaborative laboratory, set up with the aim of creating cutting-edge AI products in the field of health and bridging the gap between clinical medicine and technology by training health professionals. to AI. Dr. Azad Moopen, Founding Chairman and CEO, Aster DM Healthcare, Dr. Lokesh B, Neurology Consultant, Aster CMI Hospital and Dr. Phaneendra K Yalavarthy, Professor of Medical Imaging, Department of Computer and Data Science, IISc were present at launch.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is an interdisciplinary science that is creating a paradigm shift in virtually every industry sector. AI uses data with machine learning and deep learning algorithms to mimic the way humans learn, gradually improving its accuracy. These data-driven AI applications have steadily changed the way doctors solve clinical problems. The current possibilities and capabilities of AI in medicine can enable faster diagnosis and reduce healthcare costs.
Speaking on the need and how technology is transforming the healthcare system in India, Dr. Azad Moopen, Founding Chairman and Managing Director of Aster DM Healthcare, said, “At Aster, we have always believed that had to stay closely connected to the pulse of our patients. and our employees so we can adapt to their needs and stay one step ahead. We have been at the forefront of embracing digitalization, technology and innovation in our core operations, which is now essential to support patients according to their needs. Through the use of AI, doctors and healthcare providers will now be able to provide a more accurate diagnosis in a timely manner, which can ease the treatment journey. Additionally, AI would be a big step towards predictive and proactive data analysis that will improve preventive care recommendations for patients. We are truly excited to partner with IISc, which will open doors for healthcare professionals to undertake research and better use AI tools to understand their patients’ disease patterns and dramatically improve treatment outcomes.
Commenting on this collaboration, Dr. Lokesh B, Neurology Consultant at Aster CMI Hospital, said: “We are pleased to partner with IISc to launch the Aster-AI laboratory. This lab will be housed at Aster CMI to enable faster translation into the clinical care system. This collaboration is just the beginning; future scope includes personnel exchange as well as joint workshops for increased cooperation to make AI in medicine more effective for both clinicians and patients. It is the first collaborative laboratory in the clinical environment with the goal of performing impactful and translatable research in the space of AI in medicine.
Professor Phaneendra K Yalavarthy was instrumental in setting up the lab by providing the computing infrastructure and expertise. IISc, with its expertise in the development of AI methods, has become the natural collaborator of Aster CMI, which has the clinical expertise, to help, translate and validate the AI algorithms developed for clinical use.
Expressing his excitement at partnering with Aster CMI Hospital, Dr. Phaneendra K Yalavarthy, Professor of Medical Imaging, Department of Computing and Data Science, IISc, said, “Medical technologies based on artificial intelligence (AI) have evolved rapidly and have become powerful complementary tools in clinical practice. The wide spectrum of digital medicine, in particular to enable the 4P model of medicine (Predictive, Preventive, Personalized and Participatory) implies a natural collaboration between academic institutions and medical institutions. This AI lab is a collaborative effort to develop these AI technologies in the hospital setting, so the translation to the clinic happens seamlessly. The initial focus of this collaborative laboratory will be neurology and will then be extended to other clinical specialties. We are grateful to Aster CMI for providing the space to establish this lab in their hospital to enable the co-development of some of these AI technologies for healthcare. This collaborative lab will enable the development of high-impact research and technology with a focus on translation at the bedside.
Aster CMI will work with Professor Phaneendra and his team on the “Development of deep learning methods for automated tracking and segmentation of nerves in ultrasound images”. Dr. Sriram Ganapathy, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IISc collaborated on “Automatic Detection of Acute Stroke Symptoms Using Mobile Health Technologies” as well as Audio Analysis of Neurological Disorders. These early projects have a direct impact on current clinical practice in neuroscience. Solving problems requires in-depth technical and clinical knowledge, which the Aster-AI laboratory aims to bring together.
About Aster DM Healthcare
Aster DM Healthcare Limited is one of the largest private healthcare service providers operating in several GCC states and is an emerging healthcare player in India. With an inherent focus on clinical excellence, we are one of the few entities in the world with a strong presence in primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary healthcare through our hospitals, clinics and pharmacies. We have more than 19,800 dedicated employees in all geographies where we operate, offering a simple but powerful promise to our various stakeholders: “We will treat you well”. We reach all economic segments of the GCC states through our differentiated healthcare services through the “Aster”, “Medcare” and “Access” brands.
About IISc – The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) was established in 1909 by a visionary partnership between industrialist Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, the Royal Family of Mysore and the Government of India. Since its inception, the Institute has placed a balanced emphasis on the pursuit of basic science and engineering knowledge and the application of its research results for industrial and social benefit. In 2018, IISc was selected as an Institution of Eminence (IoE) by the Government of India and consistently features among the top Indian institutions in world university rankings. According to the QS World University Rankings 2022, the IISc has secured first place in the world in citations by faculty metric, which is a measure of research impact.
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