NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel and Apollo Hospitals on Thursday announced India’s first 5G artificial intelligence (AI)-guided colonoscopy trial in collaboration with technology companies HealthNet Global, Amazon Web Services (AVS) and Avesha.
“The study was conducted using artificial intelligence on Airtel’s 5G technology with ultra-low latency and high processing capabilities, resulting in much faster and more accurate detection of colon cancer,” Airtel said in a statement.
Under current protocol, colon cancer is detected through a colonoscopy procedure that is manual, requires great attention to accuracy, and is time-consuming—taking about 30 to 40 minutes per case.
The AI-guided colonoscopy procedure has helped with real-time image processing, Airtel said, adding that the technology gives doctors an “extra pair of eyes” and improves polyp detection rates that can greatly improve patient care and save lives.
The data was processed by Avesha edge inference applications on AWS platforms in real-time, enabling analysis closer to the endpoints. An AI-assisted colonoscopy polyp detection trial will help physicians improve the quality of patient care and accuracy of detection rates by correctly capturing information and reducing errors.
In terms of telecommunications, 5G, Edge computing and artificial intelligence can significantly improve patient outcomes by aiding in correct and timely diagnoses.
“Ultra-fast, low-latency 5G networks will transform the country’s healthcare sector.” At Airtel, we are poised to lead this transformation and we have demonstrated this by conducting India’s first colonoscopy trials,” said Ajay Chitkara, CEO and Head of Airtel Business.
Chitkara cited healthcare as one of several promising use cases for 5G. “I’m sure we’ll bring many more innovative use cases that will help redefine healthcare in the country.” “By increasing doctors’ detection capabilities, AI has been proven to improve doctors’ accuracy. Early detection and removal of polyps can easily prevent them from becoming cancerous,” said Sangeeta Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group.
Last year, the Sunil Mittal-led telco also demonstrated a 5G-connected ambulance in collaboration with Apollo and technology partner Cisco.
“5G and edge technologies offer high speed and real-time data analytics that can help transform healthcare delivery.” AI inference provides better insight and information to healthcare professionals to predict, diagnose and treat patients more effectively,” said Vaishali Kasture, Enterprise Director, Mid-Market and Global Enterprises, India and South Asia – AVS India.