Bharti Airtel and Apollo Hospitals announced on Thursday that they have conducted India’s first 5G-powered, artificial intelligence-guided colonoscopy trials. The study was conducted using AI on Airtel’s 5G technology with ultra-low latency and high processing capacities, resulting in much faster and more accurate detection of colon cancer, the companies said in a joint regulatory filing on Thursday.
HealthNet Global, AWS, and Avesha are the other three companies that collaborated on these studies. According to the current protocol, colon cancer is detected through a colonoscopy procedure, which is manual and requires great attention and time on the part of physicians for accurate detection.
This procedure is performed using a device that includes a light, flexible tube with a light, camera, and tools on one end that are used to take samples to identify an infected polyp. Not only is the procedure lengthy, it is also inconvenient for patients and for the doctors and nurses who have to perform this procedure, which takes about 30 to 40 minutes per case, the statement said.
As a result of the AI-guided colonoscopy procedure, the image processing occurred in real-time without any delay, even when the doctor moved the endoscope through the colon to overlay the right element of the colon. The advent of this technology gives doctors an “extra pair of eyes” and improves the detection rate of polyps, saving lives and greatly improving patient care.
The data was processed in real-time by Avesha edge inferencing applications on AWS platforms, ensuring analysis closer to the endpoints. The AI-assisted polyp detection colonoscopy study will help physicians improve the quality of patient care, improve the accuracy of detection rates by correctly capturing information and reducing errors, the joint statement said.
“5G, edge computing and artificial intelligence can significantly improve patient outcomes by aiding in correct and timely diagnosis. Colonoscopy procedures for early detection and prevention of cancer are recommended for all men and women over the age of 45. In India, where the goal is As the population is numerically large, solutions powered by 5G and AI are key to assist physicians in delivering quality care to the maximum population,” the statement added.
Speaking of the study, Ajay Chitkara, CEO and Director of Airtel Business said, “Ultra-fast, low-latency 5G networks will transform the country’s healthcare sector. At Airtel, we are prepared to lead this transformation and have demonstrated this by conducting the first colonoscopy trials in India. Healthcare is one of the most promising use cases for 5G, and we’re excited to partner with Apollo Hospitals, AWS, HealthNet Global, and Avesha. This is just the beginning and I’m sure we will bring many more innovative use cases that will help redefine healthcare in the country.”
“By improving the doctor’s ability to recognize, AI has been shown to improve the doctor’s accuracy. Early detection and removal of polyps can easily prevent them from becoming cancerous. Apollo has always been at the forefront of introducing technology. Our patient-centric approach keeps us on the lookout for technologies that can improve outcomes,” said Dr. Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals Group.
Vaishali Kasture, Head – Enterprise, Mid-Market & Global Businesses, India & South Asia – AWS India (Amazon Web Services India P Ltd) said: “5G and edge technologies offer high-speed and real-time data analytics that can help transforming healthcare delivery. AI inference provides healthcare professionals with better insights and information to more effectively predict, diagnose, and treat patients. We are excited to partner with Airtel and Apollo hospitals to deliver AI-powered solutions aiming to improve patient experience and quality of healthcare services.”