tech2 News StaffDec 21, 2016 15:56:16 IST
Microsoft has collaborated with L V Prasad Eye Institute to launch the Microsoft Intelligent Network for Eyecare (MINE). The effort is an initiative to use the machine learning capabilities of Microsoft to reduce the incidences of avoidable blindness. The network is a consortium of like minded organisations, institutions and companies from around the world.
"By using our capabilities and pioneering work in the field of machine learning over the years, Microsoft has helped accelerate digital transformation in various key sectors in India, including agriculture and education," said Anil Bhansali, Managing Director, Microsoft India. "Today, I am happy to take forward the work we have done in healthcare with an esteemed set of partners. MINE, a global collaboration, reinforces Microsoft’s belief in the combined power of data, cloud and advanced analytics to drive public good."
Dr. G.N. Rao, Founder-Chair, L V Prasad Eye Institute said "At LVPEI, we have been using Microsoft Azure Machine Learning and Power BI to drive clinical interventions and improve patient outcomes. Today, we take great pride in taking forward our partnership with Microsoft and joining forces with global institutes to revolutionize the field of ophthalmology in India and across the world. We are confident that this partnership will not only open doors to opportunities in the field of eyecare, but also pave way for others to leverage technology to address several other critical eye diseases"
The partner organisations from around the world participating in the network include Bascom Palmer Eye Institute affiliated with the University of Miami, the Fluam Eye Institute associated with the University of Rochester, the Federal University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and Brien Holden Vision Institute from Australia. The partner organisations will work on a global database of patients to improve machine learning models to deliver better eye care.
The studies based on AI will include the rate of change of myopia in children, conditions that impact the eyesight of children, predictive outcomes of refractive surgery, and optimal surgery parameters. The next step in the initiative is to bring on partner organisations from Azure and work on more ideas for impact.