Microsoft is making use of artificial intelligence to advance healthcare in India. Redmond is teaming up with the state of Telangana in India where the company will be using its artificial intelligence technology to provide healthcare for children with eye problems.
Indian state Telangana will be using Microsoft’s MINE (Microsoft Intelligent Network for Eyecare) to screen children for eye issues. The tech can be also be used to prevent “avoidable” blindness. Telangana will be using Microsoft’s MINE for the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram which is the state’s healthcare screening program for children in the state.
“We are very pleased to announce that Telangana will be the first state in India to bring AI in public health screening and we are excited about how technology has the potential to make great social impact. I am extremely happy with the collaboration between our health and IT departments and Microsoft, which has resulted in a solution that is going to make a huge difference to the lives of the people in our country, starting with our state,” said the IT minister of Telangana in a statement.
The technology is expected to help up to 6 million children in the state, although it isn’t known how exactly Microsoft’s AI tech is being used to screen for eye problems.