Union Health Ministry Of India Signs MoU With Wadhwani AI To Combat Tuberculosis

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Wadhwani AI will support the Government initiative to end this disease by 2025

Union Health Ministry’s central tuberculosis division has entered into a Wadhwani AI will support the Government initiative to end this disease by 2025 with Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI) to assist RNTCP (Revised National TB Control Programme) in adopting new and innovative AI technologies for combatting tuberculosis.

The MoU was signed by Vikas Sheel, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry and Dr P Anandan, CEO of Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

Steps that will be taken

As part of the collaboration, Wadhwani AI would prepare the National TB programme to become AI-ready which would include, developing, piloting, and deploying AI-based solutions.

It would support the programme to check vulnerability and hot-spot mapping, devising innovative methods of screening and diagnostics and enabling decision support for care-givers.

AI provides a unique opportunity for the health sector, bringing efficiency, saving resources and bringing accuracy in interpretation and enhancing the quality of service delivery, the statement said.

India is committed to ending TB by 2025, five years ahead of the Global Sustainable Development (SDG) targets.

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