Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Apollo Hospitals, ConnectedLife tie-up for cardiovascular risk assessment tool

Apollo’s AICVD tool that can predict the risk of cardiovascular disease will be integrated with ConnectedLife’s digital solutions for wellness, condition management and other health-focused applications

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Apollo Hospitals has tied up to collaborate with Singapore-based ConnectedLife to integrate its cardiovascular risk assessment tool. ConnectedLife will provide its digital wellness solutions to the tool, reported PTI. Apollo’s AICVD tool that can predict the risk of cardiovascular disease will be integrated with ConnectedLife’s digital solutions for wellness, condition management and other health-focused applications.

According to the company, “this will empower healthcare providers with the tools to predict the risk of cardiac disease in their patients and initiate intervention early enough to make a real difference”.

Apollo Hospitals Group Chairman Dr Prathap C Reddy pointed out that the “collaboration with ConnectedLife brings together our experience and expertise in developing predictive AI tools with ConnectedLife’s healthcare solutions to give healthcare providers a comprehensive tool to predict risk and deliver best-in-class clinical results”.

Non Communicable Diseases (NDCs) led by cardiovascular diseases is a problem that is increasing as the population ages, said Dr Reddy. Premature deaths due to NCDs have a high socio-economic impact with those affected usually being the main income earners, he pointed out. Diagnosing the disease early can have a positive effect but doctors do not have the tools handy to evaluate the risk of their patients developing heart disease, Dr Reddy said.

ConnectedLife, a health-tech platform, has Fitbit as its partner and the two have created wearable-based solutions for wellness, condition management and other health-focused applications. ConnectedLife platform captures and analyses Fitbit wearable devices and patient-reported data to provide health and wellness insights for individuals and connected population health stakeholders, reported PTI.

Apollo Hospitals Group Joint Managing Director Dr Sangita Reddy speaking about the collaboration with ConnectedLife said that it amalgamated Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning with user-friendly and reliable risk prediction tools that provide insights for early action. The heart risk score for the Indian populace is an example of how preventive healthcare can use technology to accelerate prevention and reduce the disease burden.

“ConnectedLife team is presently managing over 50 healthcare partners worldwide and Apollo’s AICVD tool will automatically be available and operational to all customers.”

She pointed out that “this is just the beginning and we will expand the collaboration to other NCDs to prevent and reduce the NCD disease burden. We look forward to growing the collaboration with more tools to make a significant impact to stem the rise of NCDs globally”. The collaboration would also help strengthen Apollo’s research for “co-development in Clinical AI”. That, she said, would not only calibrate Apollo’s existing models but make way for “better understanding of health risk scores”.

ConnectedLife team is presently managing over 50 healthcare partners worldwide and Apollo’s AICVD tool will automatically be available and operational to all customers, the statement said.

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Roma Ghosh
Roma Ghosh has recently retired as Associate Professor for Media Studies from an international university. She was with the Times of India as a correspondent for many years. Her passion is cooking and she has been doing recipes and photo shoots for Women's Era for the last 15-odd years.

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