Microsoft, Apollo Hospitals unveil AI to predict cardiovascular disease risk

• Microsoft India and Apollo Hospitals said they had unveiled the ‘first-ever artificial intelligence-powered cardiovascular disease risk score API (application programme interface), designed to predict the risk of CVD in the Indian population. This would also enable doctors across the Apollo network of hospitals to drive preventive cardiac care across the country.

• Part of Microsoft’s AI Network for Healthcare, the API is built on the software firm’s cloud computing platform Azure and aims to determine a more accurate CVD risk score for the Indian population. It has been developed using a combination of applied AI and clinical expertise on a large sample of retrospective data on health checks and coronary events.

• The scoring considers risk contributors including lifestyle attributes such as diet, tobacco and smoking preferences and physical activity. The other parameters include psychological stress and anxiety as reflected via the rate of respiration, hypertension and systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

• The amalgamation of AI and machine learning with the global expertise of doctors will help prevent heart disease, save lives and ensure those with heart disease can make informed choices on their health.

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