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At the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Chennai, nurses watch over a monitor streaming the vital signs of babies under their care; (below) Deepika gives 'kangaroo care' to her 5-day-old son.

Contactless remote monitoring, smart ICUs, and AI-enabled diagnoses are helping hospitals overcome shortages of physicians and beds.

At the neonatal ward of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Chennai, nurse T. Latha's eyes dart back and forth across the 60-inch monitor in front of her. The monitor is streaming the vital signs of two of the 15 babies under her care. One, born underweight with neonatal jaundice; the other, pre-term, with a cleft lip and a weak heart. Acting upon an alert from the screen, she visits one of them.


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