Microsoft launch AI-powered heart disease risk predictor

There are a large number of risk factors which determine our risk of heart disease, such as lifestyle, family history, occupation, existing illnesses and many more. Knowing what your risk of heart disease is can help you or your doctor prioritize interventions, but the large number of variables can be difficult to juggle.

Today Microsoft launched an AI-powered heart disease risk score API to be used by large Indian hospital network Apollo.

“The AI-based models available worldwide were formed decades ago and are based on the western population. Our new API score is based on the data of 400,000 Indians shared by Apollo Hospitals and can easily identify the level of risk each patient has,” said Anil Bhansali, Managing Director, Microsoft India (R&D). “We come in as a technology partner or expert in the AI domain, where we collaborate with healthcare providers and doctors to integrate data to help build the AI model,” Bhansali added

The AI tool considers 21 risk factors including lifestyle attributes such as diet, tobacco and smoking preferences and physical activity as well as psychological stress and anxiety as reflected via rate of respiration, hypertension and systolic and diastolic blood pressure and will deliver rich insights on treatment plans and early diagnosis.

“The score categorises risk into high, moderate and minimal and also provides insights on the top modifiable risk contributors, thereby assisting physicians to consult patients in a more holistic way, while providing insights to patients for lifestyle modification and timely interventions,” Bhansali elaborated.

The tool is expected to be used when patients visit their doctors for a cardio health check.  Nearly three million heart attacks happen in India every year and 30 million Indians suffer from coronary diseases.

“The amalgamation of AI and ML with the global expertise of our doctors will help prevent heart disease, save lives and ensure those with heart disease can make informed choices on their health,” said Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals, in a statement.

“This heart risk score for Indian populace is a true example of how precision healthcare can accelerate prevention of cardio-vascular disease and reduce disease burden,” Bhansali noted. “While we are currently working with Apollo, we are also in the process of identifying partners where we can actually try this API score,” he added.

Via TheQuint