Kolkata, Jan 29 (PTI) Experts in the field of modern healthcare have pitched for the development of integrated artificial intelligence (AI) devices in hospitals to make medical services more affordable for people. Also Read - Nirmala Sitharaman Hosts Halwa Ceremony Ahead of Budget 2021 | Here's All You Need to Know

The role of AI and the multi-dimensional aspects of the present health care system in the country was discussed at at a symposium, ‘Hospital Planning and Beyond’, organised by IIT-Kharagpur here on Monday. Also Read - AAP MLA Somnath Bharti Sentenced to Two Years in Jail For Assaulting Security Staff at AIIMS

Dipendra K Mitra, Head – Department of Transplant and Immunology, AIIMS, New Delhi, said in today’s age of technological advancement, doctors and engineers need to work together for developing integrated AI devices, and installing them in government hospitals and rural clinics. Also Read - There Should be 4 National Capitals For India, Make Bengal Alternate One: Mamata Banerjee

“This would enable medical professionals to cater to more patients, making healthcare accessible and affordable to the under-served population and avoid overcrowding of specialised hospitals,” Mitra said.

Carving community spaces and promoting walkways, cycle lanes and battery-operated vehicles in cities is important for reducing lifestyle diseases and pollution, said Sumita Bagchi, Joint Secretary, Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, West Bengal.

“The Smart City Mission has percolated as green city mission for smaller townships, involving engagement from architects and planners for effective land use, thus reducing health hazards,” she said.

“We explored the issues in the area of modern-day healthcare from the perspectives of lifestyle, affordability, prevention habits, infrastructure of our habitat and hospitals, and the role of technologies including AI for medical devices,” Prof Subrata Chattopadhyay of the Department of Architecture and Regional Planning, IIT-Kharagpur, said.

A panel discussion was also held focusing on replacing symptomatic treatment with AI, and a key point which emerged was how it can transform medical consultation, experts said.

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