Artificial Intelligence (AI) based solutions in combating TB

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The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan addressing at the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Department of Social Justice, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in New Delhi on August 26, 2019. The Minister of State for Jal Shakti and Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Rattan Lal Kataria and the Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey are also seen.
The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan addressing at the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Department of Social Justice, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, in New Delhi on August 26, 2019. The Minister of State for Jal Shakti and Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Rattan Lal Kataria and the Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey are also seen.

TB Division of the Health Ministry signs MoU to explore Artificial Intelligence (AI) based solutions in combating TB

By PIB Delhi

The Central TB Division of the Health Ministry has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence to explore the application of cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence technology in its fight against TB. The MoU was signed by Shri Vikas Sheel, Joint Secretary (HFW) and Dr P Anandan, CEO ( Wadhwani AI).

As part of the collaboration, Wadhwani AI would be supporting National TB programme become AI-ready which would include, developing, piloting, and deploying AI-based solutions. It would support the programme in vulnerability and hot-spot mapping, modelling novel methods of screening and diagnostics and enabling decision support for care-givers apart from supporting the RNTCP in adoption of other AI technologies.

The Revised National TB Control Programme has been at the forefront of adoption of newer technologies in healthcare. Artificial Intelligence (AI) provides a unique opportunity for the health sector, bringing efficiency, saving resources and bringing accuracy in interpretation and enhancing quality of service delivery. Its use in this sector has an ample scope to improve outcomes, especially in situations where resources are limited. India is committed to ending TB by 2025, five years ahead of the Global Sustainable Development targets.