Airtel, Apollo Hospitals, AWS conduct India’s first 5G, AI driven colonoscopy trial, Health News, ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: Bharti Airtel and Apollo Hospitals announced that they have carried out India’s first-of-its-kind colonoscopy trials, which were conducted using AI on Airtel’s 5G technology, and resulted in the detection of colon cancer much faster and with greater accuracy. HealthNet Global, AWS and Avesha were the other three companies that collaborated in these trials.

Currently, colon cancer is detected through a manual colonoscopy procedure which requires great attention and time from medical practitioners for accurate detection. Not only is the procedure long, taking up to 30 to 40 minutes per case, it is also discomforting for patients and for the doctors and nurses who have to perform the procedure.

The AI-guided colonoscopy procedure displayed image processing in real-time without lags, even when the physician moved the scope for it to be overlaid on the right element of the colon. The advent of this technology will enable an extra pair of eyes for physicians and improve the detection rate of polyps. The data was processed in real-time by Avesha edge inferencing applications on AWS (Amazon Web Services India P Ltd) platforms. AI-assisted Colonoscopy Polyp Detection trials will help doctors to improve the quality of patient care, enhance the accuracy of detection rates by capturing information correctly, and reduce errors.

Speaking about the trial, Ajay Chitkara, CEO and Director, Airtel Business said, “Ultra-fast, low latency 5G networks will transform the healthcare sector in the country. At Airtel, we are geared up to lead this transformation and have demonstrated this by conducting India’s first colonoscopy trials. Healthcare is one of the most promising use cases for 5G, and we are delighted to collaborate with Apollo Hospitals, AWS, HealthNet Global and Avesha.”

Dr Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group commented, “By augmenting doctor’s ability to detect, AI has been proved to improve physician’s accuracy. Early detection and removal of polyps can easily avoid them from becoming cancerous. Apollo has always been a forerunner in the adoption of technology. Our patient-centric approach keeps us on an outlook for technologies which can make outcomes better.”

Echoing Chitkara’s and Dr Reddy’s appreciation of 5G and AI as viable tools for advancing healthcare, Vaishali Kasture, Head-Enterprise, Mid-Market & Global Businesses, India & South Asia, AWS India concluded, “5G and edge technologies offer high speed and real-time data analysis that can help transform the delivery of healthcare. AI inference provides better insight and information to healthcare professionals to predict, diagnose, and treat patients more effectively.”

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