Medical studies get tech edge with AI, machine learning, remote care

By Ganesh Bhatt

New Delhi, Dec 4 (IANS): Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, there has been a major change in the methods of learning in medical schools and other similar institutions in the country.

New-age technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have taken diagnosis, treatment, post-operative care, remote patient care and palliative care to a whole new level.

Ashutosh Niranjan, dean of Noida International Institute of Medical Sciences (NIIMS), told IANS, “Traditional methods of learning will remain in times to come, but in the new age of technology, virtual reality, AI and ML are some of them. new ways of learning.”

New methods for teaching and training future doctors and physicians are being introduced.

For example, AI will improve doctors’ ability to store digital data and make diagnoses and prognoses.

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Experts believe that there are other new trends in teaching and assessment methods, such as computer-assisted learning, virtual patients, augmented reality, human patient simulation, and virtual reality for assessing student competencies.

Medlearn CEO Deepak Sharma said the pandemic has proved to be a turning point for Indian healthcare. In the last century, it took 50 years for new information and knowledge to fully spread in healthcare, but in 2020, it took just 73 days for new knowledge to spread, Sharma said.

Previously, the actual adoption of research-based knowledge in practical training was very slow. That was because new results in diagnosis and treatment had to go through rigorous testing and approval rules before the knowledge could be widely implemented, and only when everything was in place was it put into practice, he said.

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But now everything is changing due to the pandemic.

Many such opportunities have also come to the fore in healthcare, where new skills and training are imparted to professionals without endangering patients.

Experiments are now not even done on patients. All this was only possible thanks to digitization.

India has recognized health professionals and 53 related categories. Apart from this, India has also given a new shape to the needs of education and training. There are many similar categories like mental health counselor and therapist etc.

In addition, new professions such as health informatics, molecular genetics specialists have also been recognized by the government.

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Demand is also growing for telemedicine and home health care, whose fees have also been kept low. Fees for a comprehensive skill upgradation course for nurses from the Royal College of Nursing in the UK is just Rs 3,000 per year and covers 60 core subjects.

Fees for specialized courses from the US Emergency Nursing Association range from Rs 2,500 to Rs 4,000 per year. Health workers can also improve their soft skills for Rs 500 to Rs 4,000.

Digitization has made it possible to participate in American Heart Association courses that use state-of-the-art simulation equipment for basic life support and advanced cardiovascular life support. Couses also offer internationally recognized certificates with fees ranging from Rs 3,000 to Rs 11,000.


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