‘AI is future of healthcare’

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Sunday, 24 February 2019

“AI is used today in every branch of medicine and its use has been very helpful in diagnosis and care to patients. The AI learns through machine learning and deep learning, which can be helpful to doctors as well as patients,” said Dr Jamkar.

PUNE: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the future of healthcare, said Dr Arun Jamkar, former dean of BJ Government Medical College (BJGMC). He was speaking during the 45th annual conference of research society of BJGMC and Sassoon General Hospital (SGH) on ‘Artificial Intelligence in Medicine’.

“AI is used today in every branch of medicine and its use has been very helpful in diagnosis and care to patients. The AI learns through machine learning and deep learning, which can be helpful to doctors as well as patients,” said Dr Jamkar.

He added that AI also ensures that doctors take up a proactive approach towards the patient rather than a reactive one.

“We are trying to develop an i-doctor robot that can be used in primary healthcare, where the device can diagnose 50 minor illnesses and can also take an electrocardiogram (ECG) as well. Such segments can help patients get easy and quick access to healthcare even in remote areas,” said Dr Jamkar.

He further added that this is now possible as there is huge data available on patients in terms of understanding the complications, proper diagnosis and accurate treatment.

“In case of IBM Watson, a machine that can help oncologists in detecting cancer, it was found that 99 per cent of diagnosis recommends the same treatment as an oncologist. In 30 per cent cases, the device found a treatment option the human doctors missed,” Jamkar said.  

He added that with the new advanced technology, drug discovery has also been made easier and now involves less of animal testing.

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