IIT Kanpur, Apollo Hospitals sign agreement for research collaboration in medical technology

IIT Kanpur and Apollo Hospitals to jointly work on collaborative research in the clinical application of AI)and other areas of interest in healthcare technology.

IIT Kanpur and Apollo Hospitals agreement signing. (Picture: Press Release)IIT Kanpur and Apollo Hospitals agreement signing. (Picture: Press Release)

Ishita Ranganath | January 3, 2023 | 05:44 PM IST

NEW DELHI: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur and Apollo Hospitals sign an agreement for collaborative research in the clinical application of artificial intelligence (AI) and other areas in healthcare technology.

The agreement was signed between IIT Kanpur, dean, research and development, AR Harish and Apollo Hospitals, director, Apollo Telemedicine, Krishnan Ganapathy in the presence of IIT Kanpur, director, Abhay Karandikar, and Apollo Hospitals Group, founder and chairman, Prathap C Reddy among others.

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The department of research and innovation at Apollo Hospitals has been working on research, innovation, health education, teaching and clinical deployment of AI for over two decades. The collaboration aims to build on this foundation and expand the domain of research and development in healthcare technology. The formal collaboration with IIT Kanpur would further accelerate implementation of all aspects of Digital Health.

Welcoming the agreement, Apollo Hospitals Group, founder and chairman, Prathap C Reddy said: “Apollo has been at the forefront of providing patients with access to the latest in medical technology. The group has also been very active in developing the new generation of healthcare talent. With two medical colleges, a medical school in the UK, an Apollo University and 20 institutions providing advanced training in Nursing and Hospital administration, PhD programmes and 625 DNB seats in specialities and super specialities, we look forward to our experience and expertise adding value to the innovative research done at IIT Kanpur. The collaboration will provide teaching and research opportunities to those inside and outside the Apollo ecosystem.”

Speaking about the agreement and its potential impact on healthcare technology, PIIT Kanpur, director, Abhay Karandikar, said: “Being a research and educational institution of national importance, IIT Kanpur has consistently invested in imparting and undertaking cutting-edge multi-disciplinary research in science, technology and engineering in association with industry and other institutions. The Gangwal School of Medical Sciences and Technology that is coming up at IIT Kanpur is in line with IIT Kanpur’s endeavour to bring about a paradigm shift by merging medical research and technological innovations in the country. Now, with this MoU with Apollo Hospitals, we envision to have fruitful collaborations in areas such as AI in health and other emerging innovations that will contribute towards making India’s healthcare systems robust and self- reliant.”

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