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“AI can rule out the Urban and Rural division”

Kanishka Agarwal

AI has a chance to rule out the urban and rural division in healthcare, in days to come, says Kanishka Agarwal, Head – Service Lines, India/ South Asia at Amazon Web Services (AWS).

There are challenges and there are solutions too for the implementation of AI in our healthcare system. The main problem to tackle is how do we get the right data in a format that can be used by people, and to that effect there are a number of tools that exists on cloud, built into systems, immediately start processing this digitisation and putting it out. In India we are largely individual driven, an institution driven when it comes to healthcare. To democratise healthcare and the access to it, telemedicine is playing a great part to reach out to the remotest area with a proper internet connection, consulting has become easier. AI has a chance to rule out the urban and rural division in healthcare, in days to come.

To realize this vision and to realize the potential of AI across health systems, more fundamental issues have to be addressed: who owns health data, who is responsible for it, and who can use it? Cloud computing alone will not answer these questions—public discourse and policy intervention will be needed. The specific path forward will depend on the degree of a social compact around healthcare itself as a public good, the tolerance to public private partnership, and crucially, the public’s trust in both governments and the private sector to treat their healthcare data with due care and attention in the face of both commercial and political perverse incentives.

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