Artificial Intelligence and Health in Nepal

  • Alexander van Teijlingen Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK
  • Tell Tuttle Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK
  • Hamid Bouchachia Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK
  • Brijesh Sathian Rumailah Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar
  • Edwin van Teijlingen Bournemouth University, UK
Keywords: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data, Health, Nepal

Abstract

The growth in information technology and computer capacity has opened up opportunities to deal with much and much larger data sets than even a decade ago.  There has been a technological revolution of big data and Artificial Intelligence (AI).  Perhaps many readers would immediately think about robotic surgery or self-driving cars, but there is much more to AI.  This Short Communication starts with an overview of the key terms, including AI, machine learning, deep learning and Big Data. 

This Short Communication highlights so developments of AI in health that could benefit a low-income country like Nepal and stresses the need for Nepal’s health and education systems to track such developments and apply them locally.  Moreover, Nepal needs to start growing its own AI expertise to help develop national or South Asian solutions.  This would require investing in local resources such as access to computer power/capacity as well as training young Nepali to work in AI. 

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Author Biographies

Alexander van Teijlingen, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK

Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry

Tell Tuttle, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK

Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry

Hamid Bouchachia, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK

Department of Computing & Informatics

Brijesh Sathian, Rumailah Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar

Geriatrics and long term care Department and Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal Health, Bournemouth University, UK and Centre for Disability Studies, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India

Edwin van Teijlingen, Bournemouth University, UK

Professor, Centre for Midwifery, Maternal and Perinatal Health and Centre for Disability Studies, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India, Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal and Nobel College, Kathmandu, Nepal

Published
2020-09-30
How to Cite
van Teijlingen, A., Tuttle, T., Bouchachia, H., Sathian, B., & van Teijlingen, E. (2020). Artificial Intelligence and Health in Nepal. Nepal Journal of Epidemiology, 10(3), 915-918. https://doi.org/10.3126/nje.v10i3.31649
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Short Communications