Google Collaborates With Apollo to Bring AI-Powered Early Disease Screening to India

Google Health and Apollo Radiology International have announced a new partnership to provide early disease screening in India using artificial intelligence (AI). During The Check Up, the company's yearly event, the announcement was made. As part of this collaboration, the IT behemoth will provide Apollo with access to its AI stack for early disease detection

Three specific illnesses will be highlighted: breast cancer, lung cancer, and TB. Notably, Google also revealed that it is collaborating with Fitbit to develop a large language model (LLM) focused on personal health that will use Gemini as its power source.

Shravya Shetty, Principal Engineer, Health AI, Google Health, stated in a blog post that while having sufficient radiologists to treat patients' requirements is a must, radiology is one field in which experience is crucial to patient outcomes. AI has the potential to be useful in this circumstance

Building on these AI developments in healthcare, our most recent partnership with Apollo Radiology International in India will extend these innovations to communities around the nation. In India, over the next ten years, Apollo Radiology International will provide three million complimentary tests as part of the agreement.

Although Google Health and Apollo Group have been working together for a while, the goal of this specific partnership is to use AI to speed up disease detection and enhance patient outcomes in India. The tech behemoth is helping Apollo Radiology International create AI-driven screening programmes for lung, breast, and tuberculosis.
The essay explained the rationale behind selecting these particular illnesses by pointing out that tuberculosis kills more than 1.3 million people globally. Additionally, Google stated that India had three times the US incidence of breast cancer-related deaths and that lung cancer was the country's top cause of cancer-related deaths

According to Google, the majority of the time, an early diagnosis can greatly increase the prognosis. But according to the post, the primary cause of India's early detection challenges is a dearth of radiologists with the training necessary to quickly analyse screening images. Early detection is delayed as a result of this. Furthermore, because radiologists are not always looking for the condition, it may go unnoticed even after routine checks. 

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