Artificial Intelligence or also commonly called AI is a form of machine intelligence that is operated- without much use of Human Intelligence or human efforts -using only machines. Devices and machines are introduced to the different work environments to achieve various sets of actions, objectives, and goals which earlier required both human effort as well as Human Intelligence. As AI is being embraced by a lot of countries for different purposes, the astonishing drop of human efforts, inputs, and functions have proved to not only drastically drop expenses: making it cost-effective, but also, efficient in terms of time and decreasing the possibilities of errors while functioning, unlike humans, making it proficient in its job.
According to famous American Computer Scientist -Lawrence Gordon’s (Tesler’s) Theorem “AI is whatever that hasn’t been done before”
The concept of AI was established in the year 1955, it has been evolving ever since- as we speak too. AI is being used in different fields such as Computer science, engineering, psychology, and now, even the health care sector.
The global pandemic- COVID-19 has claimed 6,20,000 lives worldwide and counting, which also includes the lives of our very own doctors and front line fighters fighting this pandemic. With recent innovations not too far from us, a company called ‘Serve XL’, based in Bangalore has developed India’s very first contactless thermometer- an infrared thermometer. The machine can read temperatures accurately from a distance of only 3cms making it a safer alternative by decreasing the possibilities of contamination, thus saving more lives. As COVID positive cases shoot up, the infrared-based thermometer can be set up in public places such as malls, offices, airports, etc because of the potential it has to detect COVID at early stages and also saving the lives of Doctors and our front line fighters.
Vikram Padki, Proprietor of Serve XL said, “with the outbreak of coronavirus, the infrared thermometer has become a necessity as mercury thermometers cannot be used for the fear of contamination in public places and after dealing with a lot of inquiries about the product, I researched and found that there was not even a single manufacturer in India to manufacture it. This motivated us and we began taking a shot at this issue.”
This is just one of the many AI-based Health-Care Start-Ups in India, other examples include:
- Nirmai Health Analytix- Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women, Nirmai Health Analytyix AI, and thermal analytics to identify breast cancer at early stages and for lower costs because of its mobility.
- Lybrate- In this busy world, it is common for individuals to ignore symptoms that later prove to be severe and also fatal. Lybrate was founded in 2014 and its main objective is to create an internet-based consultation platform for anyone on the move.
- PharmEasy – This is one of India’s best medical startups. PharmEasy initially started working on/with the vision of delivering medicines to people at affordable prices. PharmEasy is now working on creating a platform utilizing links to connect patients, pharmacies, doctors, and healthcare workers.
Initiatives like these make it a win-win situation for both; our health sector and us as a country. These are steps that make India #atmanirbhar- an initiative, a vision by our Hon‘ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi.