Chandigarh, June 17
PGI Chandigarh, one of the premier medical institutions in India, is researching the application of Artificial Intelligence/ Machine Learning algorithms to predict critical events such as Mortality, Length of ICU stay etc. Dr G.D. Puri and his team, led by Dr Rajarajan Ganesan, are making inroads into the world of AI/ML in medicine with the support of the cardiothoracic vascular surgery team under Dr Shyam Kumar Singh Thingnam and Dr Nitin Auluck’s section at IIT, Ropar.
An interdisciplinary team under their guidance is developing a predictive platform over the existing Anaesthesia Information and Management System (AIMS) to aid the decision-making process.
This multidisciplinary team includes Mr Sushant Konar, a PhD scholar and an Indian Council of Medical Research-sponsored research fellow under Dr Puri. He is an engineer by training and is currently working on advanced data science applications in medicine under his mentor’s guidance.
AIMS is already deployed and functional in the four cardiothoracic vascular surgery operation theatres at the Advanced Cardiac Centre.
The new technology would enable better utilization of resources and predict adverse outcome probabilities promoting enhanced cardiac care postoperatively, i.e., post-surgery.
A copyright application is recently filed for a software program capable of automatically extracting relevant data from patient reports which are pivotal to capturing vital patient data. Further, with an eye on future and advanced applications, a foundation is being laid to utilize supercomputing resources to address the computational needs of medical applications.
A recent grant received under the aegis of the National supercomputing mission aims at developing and implementing software technologies enabling such cardiac applications with limitless potential.
The access to PARAM Yukti, a supercomputer installed at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), is the first step towards pushing new boundaries in advanced data-driven medical research.
To quote the words of Dr Puri, “We are committed to the call of Digital India and Make in India. We would boldly endeavour to break the boundaries of various disciplines and venture into a new interdisciplinary future in the service of our great nation.