IIT Kanpur and Apollo Hospitals join hands for research collaboration in cutting-edge medical technology



Kanpur, January 3, 2023: The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur and Apollo Hospitals today announced the signing of a MoU for collaborative research in the clinical application of AI and other areas of mutual interest in healthcare technology. This first-of-its-kind formal collaboration between Asia’s largest integrated healthcare provider, and a globally renowned institution of technology, engineering and Computer Science, is a formal recognition of the rapid convergence of healthcare and technology that is transforming the practice of medicine. Prof. AR Harish, Dean R&D, IIT Kanpur and Prof. Krishnan Ganapathy, Director Apollo Telemedicine, Apollo Hospitals, signed the MoU in the presence of Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director of IIT Kanpur, and Dr Prathap C Reddy, Founder & Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group, among others.

Apollo Research and Innovations (ARI), a department of Apollo Hospitals has been spearheading medical research, innovation, health education, teaching and clinical deployment of AI for over two decades. The first to have ISO certified AI-based clinical applications to predict the risk of developing lifestyle diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, COPD and asthma, and liver fibrosis, Apollo has proven these in clinical practice after intensive studies with globally renowned partners from the academia and industry. The collaboration with IIT Kanpur will build on this foundation and expand the domain of research and development in healthcare technology.

Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Founder & Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group welcomed the MoU. He said, “Apollo has been at the forefront of providing patients with access to the latest in medical technology. The group has also been very active in developing the new generation of healthcare talent. With two medical colleges, a medical school in the UK, an Apollo University and 20 institutions providing advanced training in Nursing and Hospital Administration, Ph.D programmes and 625 DNB seats in specialities and super specialities, we look forward to our experience and expertise adding value to the innovative research done at IIT Kanpur. The collaboration will provide teaching and research opportunities to those inside and outside the Apollo ecosystem.”

Prof. Abhay Karandikar, Director IIT Kanpur, said, “Being a research and educational institution of national importance, IIT Kanpur has consistently invested in imparting and undertaking cutting-edge multi-disciplinary research in science, technology and engineering in association with industry and other institutions. The Gangwal School of Medical Sciences and Technology that is coming up at IIT Kanpur is in line with IIT Kanpur’s endeavour to bring about a paradigm shift by merging medical research and technological innovations in the country. Now, with this MoU with Apollo Hospitals, we envision to have fruitful collaborations in areas such as AI in health and other emerging innovations that will contribute towards making India’s healthcare systems robust and self-reliant.”

Dr. Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director Apollo Hospitals reiterated that implementation of all aspects of Digital Health are now radically transforming the delivery of health care and the formal collaboration with IIT Kanpur would further accelerate this endeavour.

Prof. Amitabha Bandyopadhyay, HoD, Biological Sciences and Bioengineering Department, and Chair for Entrepreneurship & Innovation IIT Kanpur, is optimistic that this collaboration would identify several focused areas of mutual interest and result in impactful outcomes. Prof Krishnan Ganapathy, Director Apollo Telemedicine, who is also a Distinguished Hon. Professor at IIT Kanpur, would be the principal coordinator for this joint collaboration.

About IIT Kanpur:

Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur was established on 2nd November 1959 by an Act of Parliament. The institute has a sprawling campus spread over 1055 acres with large pool of academic and research resources spanning across 19 departments, 22 centres, and 3 Interdisciplinary programs in engineering, science, design, humanities, and management disciplines with 540 full-time faculty members and approximately 9000 students. In addition to formal undergraduate and postgraduate courses, the institute has been active in research and development in areas of value to both industry and government.

For more information, visit https://www.iitk.ac.in.

About Apollo Hospitals:

Apollo revolutionized healthcare when Dr Prathap Reddy opened our first hospital in Chennai in 1983. Today Apollo is the world’s largest vertically integrated healthcare platform serving over 200 million patients through 10,000 beds across 71 hospitals, 5,000 pharmacies and over 400 clinics and diagnostic centers as well as 150 telemedicine centers. It is the world’s leading cardiac center with over 160,000 surgeries and the world’s largest private cancer care provider. Apollo continues to invest in research to bring the most cutting-edge technologies, equipment and treatment protocols to ensure our patients have the best available care in the world. Our 100,000 employees are dedicated to bringing you the best care on earth and leaving the world better than we found it.

For more details log onto: www.apollohospitals.com.



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