Microsoft is setting up a new healthcare department at its Cambridge research facility, as part of plans to use its artificial intelligence software to enter the health market.
The computer giant has created the division as part of its commitment to “transform healthcare” using technologies such as machine learning and cloud computing, the Telegraph reported.
According to reports, the company has hired researcher Iain Buchan, former clinical professor of public health informatics at the University of Manchester, to lead the healthcare research division.
“The team’s research could include developing predictive analytic tools and personal health information systems, as well as, using AI to target interventions,” Buchan was quoted as saying.
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Microsoft’s research plans include monitoring systems that can help keep patients out of hospitals and alert them in a timely manner about problems, and large studies into diseases such as diabetes. The new department will also conduct studies into diseases such as diabetes.
AI programmes that can be integrated with the healthcare industry are being worked on by multiple companies and research centres.
Last week, Microsoft unveiled an AI-based automated threat investigation system to enhance the security of devices. The system will enable the Microsoft users with insight to take action against modern-day threats while also increasing the efficiency of the machines, the company had said.