Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly transforming the healthcare industry in India, bringing unprecedented tools for diagnosis, treatment and patient care. AI expenditure in India is expected to reach $11.78 billion by 2025 and add $1 trillion to India’s economy by 2035, as per a World Economic Forum report. The AI in Healthcare Market is projected to grow from $14.6 Billion in 2023 to $102.7 Billion by 2028.
A report on the National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence by the NITI Aayog showed that shortage of qualified healthcare professionals and non-uniform accessibility to healthcare across the country prevails. India has only 64 doctors available per 1,00,000 people compared to the global average of 150.
AI is driving advancements in healthcare across various domains, enhancing diagnostics, enabling precision medicine, empowering virtual assistants and chatbots.
AI aids in saving time by automating mundane and routine tasks within the daily clinical routine. These time-saving measures allow healthcare professionals to focus more on critical decision-making and delivering quality patient care,” Garg adds. For instance, chatbots help patients to raise their queries regarding appointments, bill payments, and more. Virtual health assistants help in answering patients’ queries via calls and emails, scheduling appointments with doctors, sending follow-ups and clinical appointment reminders to patients, etc.