Cardiac diseases are the greatest risk these days. For this, Microsoft, in partnership with Apollo Hospitals took the decision of expanding its healthcare artificial intelligence (AI) offering, as per the recent announcement by the software honcho.

This AI Network for healthcare, previously termed as Microsoft Intelligent Network for Eyecare (MINE), is actually a part of Microsoft Healthcare NExT, focused on to accelerate healthcare innovation through artificial intelligence and cloud computing.

Initially, meant only for dealing with visions problems, AI Network for healthcare would be now collaborating with Apollo to develop and deploy new machine learning models to predict and prevent patient risk for heart disease and aid doctors on treatment plans.

To this, Peter Lee, Corporate Vice President (AI and Research) at Microsoft, added that “AI Network for healthcare aims to democratize AI by empowering healthcare providers with faster, intuitive and predictable solutions and reducing the disease burden. The systems of intelligence we create can change the lives of patients and the work of medical practitioners enabling accessible healthcare to all”.

In fact, regarding this unique partnership, Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals, added that “Cardiac disease is amongst India’s leading causes of mortality and morbidity, which is exacting a toll on the health and well-being of our citizens. The collaboration with Microsoft’s path-breaking technologies like AI and machine learning will help better predict, prevent and manage heart disease in the country”.

This partnership was announced at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual conference and exhibition, held in Las Vegas.