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Artificial Intelligence To Aid In Preventive Healthcare
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Artificial Intelligence To Aid In Preventive Healthcare

In a world’s first, Apollo Hospitals develops a program that can predict & prevent lifestyle diseases in three years

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Apollo Hospitals unveiled ProHealth, a premier predictive and preventive health program, that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to tell you what lifestyle diseases you are prone to. The program, which will help users change their diet and lifestyle to avoid non-communicable diseases such as heart attacks and strokes, will be run over three years for those who opt for it.

“800 heart attacks happen every single day and we should be able to prevent this,” said Prathap C Reddy, founder-chairman of Apollo Hospitals at the launch of ProHealth in Chennai on Tuesday. “You need to find out the state of your health and not presume. We all need to think – I must stay well so my family will stay well and the nation will stay well. The focus of ProHealth is on care more than cure,” he said.

Non-communicable diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide. “Worldwide, 40% of deaths are due to non-communicable diseases,” said Sai Satish, senior interventional cardiologist, Apollo Hospitals. “India has only one-fifth of the world’s population but contributes to 60% of deaths out of that,” he said. He added that the average Indian lives 10 fewer years than her Western counterpart.

Stressing the need to predict and prevent lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, vice chairperson of Apollo Hospitals Preetha Reddy said that heart attacks and strokes in patients suffering from high BP and high blood sugar are often ‘silent’ meaning that they do not display the usual symptoms of cardiac trouble. She added that the adage – ‘prevention is better than cure’ – was sound, since non-communicable diseases were largely avoidable with a slight adjustment in diet, exercise and habits.

“Do we want illness to be a multi billion dollar industry? Do we want people to be ill and fill up hospital beds? We have to fight the war on NCDs together,” she stressed.

The ProHealth program begins with a complete health check up initially, followed by consultations with doctors who would prescribe a diet and exercise regimen tailormade for each patient. A mobile app keeps track of progress made by the individual. The aim is to go from “at risk” to “no risk” in three years, according to Apollo.

The ProHealth program is priced at Rs 6000 per individual for the first year, Rs 5000 for the second year and Rs 4000 for the third.

London-based DXC Technologies is providing the artificial intelligence component of the app which uses medical data collated by Apollo from patients over the past 36 years.