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At the recently organised Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference and exhibition in Las Vegas, Microsoft announced the expansion of its Intelligent Network for eyecare (MINE). MINE now known as AI Network for healthcare, has created an AI-focused network in cardiology, in partnership with Apollo Hospitals.

The partnership between Microsoft and Apollo will work to develop and deploy new machine learning models to predict patient risk for heart disease and assists doctors on treatment plans. The team is already working on an AI-powered Cardio API (application program interface) platform.

“AI Network for healthcare aims to democratise artificial intelligence by empowering healthcare providers with faster, intuitive and predictable solutions and reducing the disease burden. Our unique partnership with Apollo brings together our learnings in artificial intelligence and machine learning areas and Apollo’s experience and expertise in cardiology. The systems of intelligence we create can change the lives of patients and the work of medical practitioners enabling accessible healthcare to all,” said Dr. Peter Lee, Corporate Vice President, AI & Research, Microsoft.

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“Cardiac disease is amongst India’s leading causes of mortality and morbidity, which is exacting a toll on the health and well-being of our citizens. This collaboration with Microsoft’s path-breaking technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will help better predict, prevent and manage heart disease in the country. While we commence this in India, we will validate the algorithms and work towards creating a global consortium to tackle multiple conditions in cardiovascular disease,” said Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals.
Commenting on the partnership, Anil Bhansali, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise, MD, Microsoft India (R&D) Private Limited said, “Over the last two years we have been working with a dynamic partner ecosystem of local, regional and global organisations to bring the power of AI to Healthcare. We started with eyecare – and today we are expanding into cardiac care. Our partnership with Apollo Hospitals will be a major step in the journey towards providing accessible healthcare to everyone.”

The AI Network for healthcare is part of Microsoft’s Healthcare NExT. It is aimed to accelerate healthcare innovation through AI and cloud computing. At HIMSS, Microsoft also announced several other projects in the Healthcare space.

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