In answer to a question, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya recently informed the Lok Sabha that the Centre had identified AIIMS Delhi as the center of excellence for Artificial Intelligence in healthcare.
According to Mandaviya, the institute will investigate use of AI to facilitate policy decisions in health schemes.
“AI tools can support monitoring of physical and financial aspects of programs including fraud detection, effective disease management, identifying early warning signals as part of surveillance, development of clinical decision support system (CDSS) supporting practitioners in providing quality care, etc.,” he said.
Famous gastroenterologist Dr. Prateek Sharma, who served as the first chair of the US task group on artificial intelligence, claimed that a wide range of specializations have benefited from AI.
He said, “In primary care, AI studies have been conducted to help monitor patients’ blood pressure and glucose levels suggesting early changes in medications, including blood pressure medications and insulin doses. In the field of gastroenterology, artificial intelligence has helped in the detection of polyps during colonoscopy and the detection of cancer in the GI tract.”