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New $40 Million AI for Health Initiative

Feb. 5, 2020

Microsoft has announced AI for Health, a five-year, $40 million program that aims to help health-care organizations leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning to boost the health of patients worldwide, according to reporting by Mike Miliard in Healthcare IT News.

Microsoft says AI for Health – which is part of its $165 million AI for Good initiative – will help researchers, nonprofits and health-care organizations around the world use leading-edge technologies in the service of three key areas:

  • Accelerating medical research to help improve prevention, diagnoses and treatment
  • Improving worldwide understanding of mortality and longevity to help protect against global health crises
  • Reducing health inequity and improving access to care for under-served populations

Miliard reports the following as goals of the new initiative: Improving causes and diagnosis of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); working toward eliminating leprosy by focusing on interventions that can interrupt transmission; deploying AI tools for use in primary care end-to-end diabetic retinopathy diagnostic software; and exploring new approaches to cross-organizational data access that can lead to breakthroughs in research.

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