Hyderabad: In a move to help millions of visually impaired through technology, Microsoft India, in association with L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad on Monday launched Microsoft Intelligent Network for Eyecare (MINE).
The other partners in this initiative are Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami (US); Flaum Eye Institute, University of Rochester (US); Federal University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Brien Holden Vision Institute (Australia),
This global consortium of commercial, research and academic institutions have joined hands to apply artificial intelligence to help in the elimination of avoidable blindness and scale delivery of eyecare services worldwide.
The partner organizations will collaborate and collectively work on diverse datasets of patients across geographies to come up with machine learning predictive models for vision impairment and eye disease.
This will include the rate of change of myopia in children, conditions that impact children’s eyesight, predictive outcomes of refractive surgery, optimal surgery parameters as well as ways to personalize a surgery and maximize its probability of success.
By studying this data and applying advanced analytics with Microsoft machine learning technology to derive insights, MINE will aim to drive strategies to prevent avoidable blindness and help increase efficiency in the delivery of eyecare worldwide.
Currently 285 million people are visually impaired, of which 55 million reside in India.
As the technology driver, Microsoft will deploy its cloud platform technology – Cortana Intelligence Suite, for advanced analytics and to build artificial intelligence models on eyecare.
Speaking on the occasion, Anil Bhansali, Managing Director, Microsoft India (R&D), said, “MINE, a global collaboration, reinforces Microsoft’s belief in the combined power of data, cloud and advanced analytics to drive public good.”
“In our shared vision to eradicate preventive blindness, MINE will help redefine eyecare by bringing together the power of technology and knowledge of global experts,” added Bhansali.
LVPEI has been using Microsoft Azure Machine Learning and Power BI to build a predictive model that helps predict regression rates for eye operations, enabling doctors to pinpoint the procedures needed to prevent and treat visual impairments.
“We take great pride in taking forward our partnership with Microsoft and joining forces with global institutes to revolutionize the field of ophthalmology in India and across the world,” said Dr G N Rao, Founder-Chair, L V Prasad Eye Institute.
“We are confident that this partnership will not only open doors to opportunities in the field of eyecare, but also pave way for others to leverage technology to address several other critical eye diseases,” added Dr Rao.
As next steps, MINE will bring together different partner organizations on Azure and collectively work on ideas of impact.