Precision diagnostics: building AI-enabled catheterization labs in India

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are one of the major public health challenges of the 21st century. In India, these account for 60% of all deaths, 82% of which are due to cardiovascular disease (CVD), chronic respiratory disease, cancer and diabetes. The irony is that the majority of premature deaths from NCDs are preventable and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies may be the savior here.

Diagnosing and treating disease has been at the heart of AI in healthcare in recent years. “With artificial intelligence tools analyzing digital health records, our understanding of how these diseases manifest is expanding,” said Shravan Subramanyam, Managing Director of Wipro GE Healthcare. “The increasing complexity of patient profiles and changing disease patterns make the need for personalized care even more vital, and AI solutions have the potential to transform the patient care journey.”

GE Healthcare’s AI-powered catheterization lab – Optima IGS 320 – plays a revolutionary role in advanced cardiac care. Built in the new Wipro GE Healthcare factory launched under the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) program in Bengaluru, Cath Lab leverages GE’s proprietary AutoRight technology. AutoRight has an AI that automatically optimizes image and dose settings in real time. “Our goal is to pilot smart imaging to support cardiologists and patients with personalized treatment protocols and therapies and enable access to quality healthcare across India,” says Subramanyam.

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Although interventional cardiology and cath labs hold promise, there are still gaps in care delivery that need to be addressed. There is a demand for affordable catheterization labs and supporting technologies in Tier II and Tier III regions, as well as robust and rapid decision-making within these labs during critical procedures. The AI-enabled Cath Lab – Optima IGS 320 with AutoRight, aims to fill this gap; the product offers advanced visualization through imaging to support reliable, smart and efficient healthcare delivery that reaches the last mile. Designed for cardiac and electrophysiology procedures, Optima IGS 320 is based on proven technology and an efficient AI imaging chain, ensuring superior image quality for interventionists.

Earlier this year, Wipro GE Healthcare launched its next-generation Revolution Aspire CT (Computed Tomography) scanner, the first product designed and manufactured from the ground up in the manufacturing facility.

The pandemic has spurred the digital transformation of healthcare, Subramanyam points out. With limited in-person consultations, the adoption of virtual healthcare solutions ranging from teleconsultations to remote monitoring has accelerated at an unprecedented rate. With this shift came the need for greater connectivity and streamlined healthcare networks. Emerging trends include unified digital health platforms, which open the door to faster access to information and accurate predictive modeling, and cloud computing to support these systems with storage of large data flow. Additionally, 5G supports greater connectivity in healthcare ecosystems. Other notable trends include advanced technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality for physicians to support virtual, hands-on training through enhanced visualization of complex procedures.

According to Subramanyam, the goal is to achieve precision healthcare, rely on patient orientation and improve access. Here, the industry will place more emphasis on connectivity and accessibility. “Adopting new technologies like 5G connectivity will speed up data transfers and help us improve the patient journey from early diagnosis to targeted therapy,” he says.

GE Healthcare’s 5G Innovation Lab, located at the John F Welch Technology Center (JFWTC) in Bengaluru, is expected to play a major role in this regard. The first facility of its kind for GE Healthcare worldwide, the lab will serve as a testbed for developing future-ready products and solutions.

Smart Imaging
AI-powered catheterization lab is second product developed at plant
The Revolution Aspire CT scanner was the first end-to-end product designed and manufactured in India
The plant was built under the PLI scheme
GE Healthcare’s 5G Innovation Lab will create future-ready products

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