Health Ministry Signs MoU To Explore AI-based Solutions In Combating TB

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

As part of the collaboration, Wadhwani AI would support the National TB program by helping it become AI-ready. This would include, developing, piloting, and deploying AI-based solutions. “It would support the program in vulnerability and hot-spot mapping, modeling novel methods of screening and diagnostics and enabling decision support for care-givers apart from supporting the Revised National TB Programme (RNTCP) in the adoption of other AI technologies,” a press statement from the Ministry stated.

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 the quality of service delivery. Its use in this sector has 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.

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