Union Health Ministry To Effectively Implement AI In Public Health


Plans are underway to use the technology in a safe and efficient way for better treatment of disease like cancer and thus, benefit more people

The Union Health Minister of India, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has announced that to address gaps in India’s AI ecosystem and realise its economic impact, the central government has prioritised on building AI technology capabilities.

He said that the potential of AI in public health is being explored in India. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) is working towards using AI in a safe and effective way for public health.

Collaboration of AI and Bio-technology

Imaging Biobank is an initiative that has been undertaken by the central government for the adoption of AI in public health. For this, the NITI Aayog alongwith the Department of Bio-Technology (DBT) aims to build a database of cancer-related radiology and pathology images of more than 20,000 profiles of cancer patients, with focus on major cancer syndromes prevalent in India.

After consultation with various ministries and leading academicians, institutions, practitioners and industry players, NITI Aayog had released India’s National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence back in June 2018.

Plans are being worked out on using AI for early detection of diabetic retinopathy (medical condition affecting the retina due to diabetes) as well.