The centre will collaborate with industry partners working on AI and technology in healthcare sector to develop new medical technology-based tools
JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research (JSSAHER), a deemed to be University, has entered into a collaborative research agreement with iMERA.ai Ltd., a London-based healthcare company, to establish a ‘Centre for Artificial Intelligence in Health Sciences’ in Mysuru, Karnataka.
Dr. B. Manjunatha, Registrar, JSS AHER, signed the agreement on behalf of JSS AHER and Dr. Sandesh Lakkol, COO, on behalf of iMERA.ai Limited on July 5.
This centre, which will function from JSS Hospital, will be one of the few dedicated centres for AI in health universities in India, Dr. Manjunath said in a press statement.
Dr. Vikram Patil will work as co-ordinator of the centre with technical assistance from JSS Science and Technology University.
Vice-Chancellor of JSS AHER Basavana Gowdappa H. said that the centre will train sophisticated artificial intelligence algorithms from medical images and patient data to provide tools for clinicians to speed up and improve diagnosis and care across a number of patient pathways.
The centre will also collaborate with industry partners working on AI and technology in healthcare sector to develop new medical technology-based tools, he added.
Importance of AI in healthcare
Artificial Intelligence is expected to play a key role in revolutionising the healthcare sector and majority of healthcare technology is expected to be linked to AI in the near future.
Some areas which may see a major change are automated image diagnosis, virtual assistants for patients and healthcare workers, robot-assisted surgery, rare diseases detection, early cancer detection, among others.
NITI Aayog, in its recent national strategy for AI, has also stressed upon the importance of AI in healthcare and has detailed out how it is going to transform the care of human beings, Dr. Manjunath said in a statement.
Health Universities in UK and USA have already taken up initiative of starting dedicated centres for research and technology on AI in healthcare.
Though started off very late, India is slowly trying to encourage the adoption of AI in educational institutions.
India stands at rank 9 in terms of the number of specialists working in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) field, Canadian startup Element AI recently revealed in its annual report.
IOT, AI to create over 28 lakh jobs in rural India
Meanwhile, a study by Broadband India Forum (BIF) has estimated that Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) based applications will create over 28 lakh jobs in rural India over a period of 8 to 10 years with an annual value of Rs 60,000 crore.
Of this, at least 21 lakh jobs will be created for the agriculture sector and the other 7 lakh jobs in the rural healthcare sector.
In her maiden budget speech last week, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also said that the government will focus on imparting new-age skills to students in newer areas like AI, IoT, big data and robotics to enable them to get high-paying jobs in foreign countries.