Fighting diseases with technology

Enhanced diagnosis and treatment of cancer, tuberculosis (TB), and diabetes took centre stage at the third edition of the India-United Kingdom Healthcare Leadership Forum organised by the British Deputy High Commission on Wednesday. It also emphasised the use of information technology in optimizing constraints and reducing the burden of disease in urban and rural areas.


Twenty-seven stakeholders from healthcare industry interacted with seven UK innovators in an attempt to boost medical researchand innovation. The former raised concerns about constraints in rural areas and cities, while their UK counterparts suggested solutions. For example, UK-based organisation Tumour Trace that works on innovations in diagnostics showed interest in working with Tata Trusts in Maharashtra.

Dr. Bhavagya Bakshi, CEO, and co-founder of C the Signs, spoke about how their innovation uses artificial intelligence (AI) for early diagnosis of cancer.

Deborah Kobewka, Head Healthcare, Life Sciences and Bio-economy at the Department of International Trade of the British Deputy High Commission, said,“Affordability, accessibility, and speed of care matter a lot when it comes to health under different circumstances. AI is a great way of bringing value to healthcare innovations and research.”

State Health Minister Dr. Deepak Sawant said that IT can help tremendously in tackling diseases. “We are trying to explore how apps and software development can help in rural and urban areas,” he said.

“We have a goal to wipe out TB by 2025 and are are looking at AI for breast and cervical cancer diagnosis. We also have huge data that can be utilised for research to formulate effective policies,” Pradeep Kumar Vyas, principal secretary (Family, Health and Welfare) said.

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