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Applying AI to help the Visually Impaired

Published: 20.12.2016

Microsoft, L V Prasad Eye Institute and Global Experts Collaborate to Launch Microsoft Intelligent Network for Eyecare


Press Release

Hyderabad, India, 19 December 2016: Continuing to enhance real life impact through technology, Microsoft India, in collaboration with L V Prasad Eye Institute, today launched Microsoft Intelligent Network for Eyecare (MINE) – a global consortium of commercial, research and academic institutions who have joined to apply artificial intelligence to help in the elimination of avoidable blindness and scale delivery of eye care services worldwide.

Organisations of this consortium include Brien Holden Vision Institute (Australia) Bascom Palmer Eye Institute – University of Miami (USA), Flaum Eye Institute – University of Rochester (USA), Federal University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). The partner organizations will collaborate and collectively work on diverse datasets of patients across geographies to come up with machine learning predictive models for vision impairment and eye disease. 

This will include the rate of change of myopia in children, conditions that impact children’s eyesight, predictive outcomes of refractive surgery, optimal surgery parameters as well as ways to personalize a surgery and maximize its probability of success. By studying this data and applying advanced analytics with Microsoft machine learning technology to derive insights, MINE will aim to drive strategies to prevent avoidable blindness and help increase efficiency in the delivery of eye care worldwide. 

Speaking at the launch, Anil Bhansali, Managing Director, Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt. Ltd., said, “MINE, a global collaboration, reinforces Microsoft’s belief in the combined power of data, cloud and advanced analytics to drive public good. In our shared vision to eradicate preventable blindness, MINE will help redefine eye care by bringing together the power of technology and knowledge of global experts.” 

“We are confident that this partnership will not only open doors to opportunities in the field of eye care, but also pave way for others to leverage technology to address several other critical eye diseases,” said Dr. G.N. Rao, Founder-Chair, L V Prasad Eye Institute.

Professor Kovin Naidoo CEO, Brien Holden Vision Institute, Australia, “This is a novel initiative that has the potential to achieve positive impact by bringing together researchers and health care professionals in the eye care field to harness the power of shared data and thus generate more effective solutions for vision problems.”

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