Govt to introduce Artificial Intelligence in public hospitals to overhaul healthcare system

Syed Snowber

Srinagar, Jun 27: The J&K government aims to implement Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the healthcare industry to overhaul the current system.

This is an important step in the modernization of healthcare services.

A prospective partnership with Google and Oracle, two titans of technology, is now being discussed. According to a senior official of the J&K government’s Health and Medical Education (H&ME) Department, the administration wants to use artificial intelligence to optimise plans and enhance healthcare results.

One of the main goals, according to him, was to digitise a sizable volume of healthcare data to enable predictive analysis for creating suitable future policies.

District Hospital Shopian has become the first hospital in Kashmir Division to implement artificial intelligence (AI) technology in its radiology department.

Under the guidance of the Directorate of Health Services Kashmir, the hospital has initiated a pilot project for Quick X-ray (Qxr), utilizing AI tools for more efficient diagnoses.

This innovative approach allows for the instant identification of abnormal areas in X-rays with an accuracy of over 90 per cent, greatly facilitating the final diagnosis process for radiologists.

Artificial intelligence has been revolutionizing the field of healthcare by providing intelligent computing solutions to practical medical challenges. Deep learning techniques, in particular, have significantly amplified the impact of technology in healthcare, especially in radiology, which employs radiation to generate medical imaging, such as X-rays, for the detection of abnormalities.

By leveraging artificial intelligence algorithms, complex anomalous patterns in medical image data can be automatically identified, enabling assistive diagnoses for patients.

In a recently issued document by the Health and Medical Education Department, the government outlined the key categories and data points that have been shortlisted for AI implementation on a pilot basis.

The selected areas include predictive analysis of life-consuming diseases like cancers and chronic kidney disease, as well as non-communicable diseases. Additionally, AI tools would be employed for predictive analysis of epidemics, communicable diseases, and management of medical records.

As per the document, the integration of AI in healthcare holds the promise of unlocking valuable insights and improving medical practices.

By analysing prevalence rates of tuberculosis, anaemia, and other health parameters, the government aims to enhance disease prevention and early detection efforts. Furthermore, the seamless management of medical records and the utilisation of AI analytics would streamline healthcare processes and facilitate evidence-based decision-making, the official document envisioned.

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