It is estimated that for every five-hospital discharge patient, one patient needs some form of extended treatment for the next 15-30 days. However, more often than not, patients do not avail the required treatment outside the hospital.

One major reason for this is that hospitals don’t find financial merit in services beyond episodic care.

Secondly, patients are not aware enough or motivated enough to realize the need for preventive healthcare or existing avenues to avail that care. Existing technology and advancements in AI can help bridge this crucial gap in our system breaking the cyclic brick-mortar model.

“AI and cloud are scale enablers for us. AI helps us identify, out of tens and thousands of health workers, who need retraining and which scans need attention urgently” UE Lifesciences founder Mihir Shah.

Call health, a healthcare startup aims to address challenges across the continuum of care from, doctor consultations, diagnostics and radiology to Wellness and nursing.

AI in healthcare sets the aspiration towards Applied Insights for predictive and personalized healthcare” Call health CEO Hari Thalapalli.

AI definitely has the capability to integrate various systems and create actionable intelligence that can be used to ensure that patients get the preventive healthcare that they need.

In this sense the shift at three levels brings the broad picture to summarization and as Hari rightly has it, “Preventive healthcare rather than a curative approach to health, evidence over experience for better clinical precision and shared decision making for higher participation of patients in care programs”

The role of AI, to deliver challenges around Access, Cost and Quality is way above the vanity quotient of AI. Needless to emphasize, AI as an exponential lever, it is a game changer and a game maker, provided we think of AI for today’s play. Giving patient’s access to care is like training Bruce Wayne and, making physicians more effective and accurate is giving Bruce Wayne the Batman suit.


pwc india artificial intelligence healthcare medicineDr Vijay Raaghavan – Associate Director, PwC Healthcare’s south India practice

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At PwC, I anchor the healthcare practice for the South of India and work closely with the firm’s leaders & young minds in helping organisations like GE, Apollo,Khazanah,Roche – chart their transformation path to helping startups -define , incubate & bring to life their business value proposition to the market. The most exciting part of my work is the learnings I have when I exchange notes with budding startups, next generation healthcare entrepreneurs to entrepreneurs who built firms that have lasted a century.

I am particularly excited about the evolving healthcare market models around Digital -AI, Platform, AR,VR, Crypto, Blockchain , Opportunities around Customers to Business (C2B) ,and their amalgamation with traditional brick & mortar models.