Government of Telangana will use Microsoft cloud-based advanced analytics including Artificial Intelligence based eyecare screening MINE as part of the Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram under the National Health Mission
With an aim of health and wellbeing of state netizens, the Government of Telangana announced that it has inked an agreement with Microsoft India to adopt cloud-based analytics for Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram.
The state has also agreed to adopt Microsoft Intelligent Network for Eyecare (MINE), an AI platform to reduce avoidable blindness thereby becoming the first state in India to deploy artificial intelligence for eyecare screening.
Speaking about the partnership, Shri K.T. Rama Rao, Minister of IT, Government of Telangana, said, “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. With the adoption of cloud-based advanced analytics, we see a huge potential for improving the healthcare of our young citizens. We are the first state to adopt MINE an AI based model to tackle avoidable blindness and we welcome Microsoft’s partnership in this endeavor. “
The Government of Telangana has decided to adopt MINE to address this issue which will help them make early interventions and preventing or treating instances of refractive errors.
Microsoft India, in collaboration with L V Prasad Eye Institute, launched MINE in December 2016. MINE is a global consortium of eyecare providers, research and academic institutions joining hands to apply artificial intelligence to help in the elimination of avoidable blindness and scale delivery of eyecare services worldwide.
Speaking on the occasion, Anil Bhansali, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise and Managing Director, Microsoft India (R & D) Pvt. Ltd., said, “We have been focused on accelerating digital transformation in India using our advanced machine learning and cloud technologies. We are pleased to strengthen our partnership with the Government of Telangana by bringing the combined power of data, cloud and advanced analytics to drive the state’s missions around healthcare and digital inclusion. “
Commenting on this initiative Mr. Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, Information Technology, Government of Telangana, said, “This initiative in partnership with Microsoft can potentially touch up to 60 lakh children who will be screened for health conditions under the RBSK program. The Government of Telangana signed an MoU with Microsoft last year to identify areas of collaboration primarily in eGovernance, Health, Agriculture, Education, Skilling, as well as the modernization of State Data Centers. Multiple areas were taken up and subsequently we decided to lead with healthcare first. It is heartening to see this association extend further into a scalable project involving the cloud platform and advanced analytics that will help build efficiencies of our health screening program. With the Artificial Intelligence platform MINE, we are hopeful that we can help detect and reduce avoidable blindness among children in our state.”
Speaking on the initiative Dr. G.N. Rao, Founder and Chair, L V Prasad Eye Institute and MINE Partner said, “I am delighted to hear of the large scale eye screening for children by the Govt. of Telangana and to employ the business intelligence and ML platforms of Microsoft for analytics. This is a welcome development and a good step for the provision of good quality eye care to children in future. My best wishes to the success of the programme”