IIT-Delhi develops AI-based system to detect malaria, other diseases

The institute mapped healthcare-related AI software on tolow-power and low-cost hardware.file: Sushil Kumar Verma  

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi on Tuesday said that they have developed an Artificial Intelligence-based electronic hardware system to detect malaria, tuberculosis, intestinal parasite, and cervical cancer in milliseconds.

The researchers said that their system can be used for healthcare access in resource-constrained areas with limited access to human specialists.

“Microscopy-based diagnosis depends on availability of skilled technicians, of which there is a critical shortage. As a result, diagnoses are often made on the basis of clinical signs and symptoms alone, which is error-prone,” the institute said.

Researchers at the institute have therefore been trying to develop alternatives that can help in providing access to quality diagnosis that is currently unavailable.

For rural areas

Manan Suri, professor from the Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT- Delhi, said: “While several software AI models exist for healthcare and diagnostic applications, the need of the hour was to efficiently map these models on to portable low-power, low-cost hardware to enable quick access to all in low-resource environments.”

The long-term impact and goal of this work, prof Suri said, would be to enable future deployment of the platform in rural areas for better acess to hi-tech diagnostic health-care.