Sankara Nethralaya to deploy AI in treating eye diseases

Our Bureau Chennai | Updated on January 28, 2018

(from left) Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC Ltd; AM Naik, Group Chairman, L&T; and SS Badrinath, Chairman-Emeritus, Sankara Nethralaya, at an event organised by Sankara Nethralaya in Chennai on Saturday   -  Bijoy Ghosh


Sankara Nethralaya, the not-for-profit, super specialty hospital for ophthalmic care, will soon apply artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to treat various eye diseases.

Addressing the dedication ceremony of BR Barwale Centre for Ophthalmic Technology and Innovation, SS Badrinath, Founder, Sankara Nethralaya, said the Centre will apply artificial intelligence technology for early diagnosis of diabetic retino pathology, and machine learning in predicting cataract development. Connectivity has levelled the field in technology and innovation helps to carry forward the benefit.

Annual awards

Coinciding with the dedication ceremony, Sankara Nethralaya also gave away the annual awards — Sankara Ratna Award to Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC Ltd; and the MS Subbulakshmi Award to singer Vani Jairam. The awards were presented by AM Naik, Group Chairman, L&T.

KS Vasan, Managing Director, Sankara Nethralaya, said plans are under consideration for establishing an SN University. In his acceptance speech, Parekh said it is important for corporates to create social value. “Doctors should consider their talent a responsibility,” he said.

Commending Sankara Nethralaya for its service in healthcare, he said the institution’s focus on research, academic orientation and specialisation were its strengths.

Naik recalled his more than three-decade-long relationship with Badrinath and the hospital when he had come to Chennai for eye treatment.

He is now hoping to convince Sankara Nethralaya to set up a hospital in Navsari, South Gujarat, his hometown, Naik said.

Published on January 28, 2018

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