Mumbai: For Rapid Diagnosis of Heart Disease, State Offers AI-Driven Program | Case
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death and disability in India, accounting for 1.5 to 3 million deaths annually. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 35% of these deaths occur in young adults. Recent reports suggest an increase in cardiovascular disease in Maharashtra among men aged 30-40 and women aged 40-60. In addition, ischemic heart disease increases the likelihood of heart attacks, the most common being ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) leading to premature death.
In order to combat this epidemic and provide the state with world-class cardiac care, the government of Maharashtra has launched the STEMI program, a state-wide AI-powered advanced diagnosis and care coordination program. state, recognized by the National Health Mission (NHM). The goal is to enable rapid diagnosis of heart disease in all government centers with prompt treatment.
Dr. Padmaja Jogewar, Joint Director of the Directorate of Health Services of the State Directorate of Health Services (NCD Cell), said, “The STEMI project was initiated to address the burden of premature deaths from cardiovascular disease using verified AI-assisted technology to speed up the detection of a heart attack. Everyone should commit to having a healthy heart by adopting a healthy lifestyle, quitting smoking and by engaging in regular physical activity.
The rescue initiative has been launched in 12 districts of Akola, Aurangabad, Jalna, Kolhapur, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Pune, Ratnagiri, Solapur, Wardha and Thane. To date, a total of 2.5 lakh people have been screened with the help of this program in the first year of implementation. Notably, more than 2,000 heart attacks were detected in an astonishing turnaround time of less than six minutes, allowing patients to receive treatment quickly.
CEO of Tricog Health, Dr. Charit Bhograj said, “The STEMI program is the first of its kind in India that has shown an amazing response in the very first year of its launch. With the cooperation of STEMI Maharashtra team, we have successfully achieved a key milestone of screening more than two lakh patients in the state.
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