Contractual civic staffers, who work with TB patients, are trying an app for its accuracy in diagnosis of the disease
Employees working closely with TB patients in Mumbai are testing the app currently. Representation pic
If all goes well, soon your voice would be able to tell if you are suffering from Tuberculosis (TB). As part of a national programme, a trial of an application is underway in the city, involving contractual civic employees who work directly with the TB patients.
The app is equipped with Artificial Intelligence, which evaluates an individual’s voice and their response to a questionnaire, based on which it detects whether or not the person has TB. TB is one of the most common communicable diseases in Mumbai. If not diagnosed and treated early on, it can prove to be fatal. Currently, X-ray, examination of sputum and other tests help diagnose TB. The Central TB Division is testing the app, Shastra, for early and quick diagnosis.