Union Health Ministry to use Artificial Intelligence for healthcare delivery

New Delhi: Aiming to advance the process of healthcare delivery, the Union Health Ministry is working towards using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in a safe and effective way in public health in the country.


Noting there still is a huge gap in the delivery of health services in the country, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said realising the potential of AI ecosystem and its economic impact, the central government has

prioritised building AI technology capabilities.


“The potential of AI in public health is being explored in our country. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) is working towards using AI in a safe and effective way in public health in India,” he said during Question Hours in the Lok Sabha.


Vardhan said few of the initiatives undertaken by the central government to use AI in public health are: Imaging Biobank for Cancer for which the NITI Aayog with Department of Bio-Technology (DBT) aims to build database of cancer related radiology and pathology images of more than 20,000 profiles of cancer patients with focus on major cancers prevalent in India.


The minister informed the other members of parliament that NITI Aayog is working on using AI for early

detection of diabetic retinopathy.


“NITI Aayog is currently in the process of developing institutional mechanism, funding framework and other such steps to realise India’s AI aspirations,” he said.


  1. Vardhan said the NITI Aayog, after extensive consultation with various ministries and leading academicians, institutions, practitioners and industry players, has released India’s National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence in June 2018.
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