Amid a global health crisis, the medical community is looking for cutting-edge technology to monitor and manage the COVID-19 pandemic. AI is one such technology that can track the spread of this virus in real-time, identify high-risk patients, and aid in the control of this infection. It can also predict mortality risk by thoroughly analyzing the patients’ previous data. AI can help combat this virus by screening the population, providing medical assistance, informing the public, and recommending infection-control measures.
This technology has the potential to improve COVID-19 patient planning, treatment, and reported outcomes through:
- People can practice social distancing with the help of virtual assistants and chatbots – While chatbots and virtual assistants were designed to improve the customer experience for businesses, they are increasingly assisting businesses, particularly hospitals, in assisting people digitally and thus maintaining the social distance. Hospitals are implementing bots that can answer basic COVID-19 questions and record patients’ symptoms and determine whether or not they need to visit the hospital.
- Detecting defaulters using computer vision applications – Although governments advise people to stay indoors to prevent the virus from spreading, some people defy the rules and go outside without masks. Video surveillance solution providers identify such defaulters using computer vision techniques. Thermal imaging cameras are also being used to detect people with elevated body temperatures and to provide software users with alerts.
- Using machine learning to identify vaccines – The vaccine development process is time-consuming, and machine learning can assist drug developers in quickly analyzing relevant raw materials (organic, synthetic, etc.). Machine Learning models can analyze protein structures, evaluate their impact on the coronavirus, and eliminate ineffective alternatives, allowing researchers to zero in on the right ingredients for the coronavirus vaccine.
- In-hospital artificial intelligence systems – AI systems are being developed to perform more contact-based medical procedures, such as thermal sensor body temperature control, and to automatically disinfect hospital areas with high human circulation (using sensors to determine human presence). Such systems may protect physicians and patients from increased contamination risk. In addition, hospitals can test more patients, reducing the spread.
In conclusion, we are using Artificial Intelligence innovation to combat the coronavirus outbreak while also doing our part to protect one another. Modern challenges necessitate modern solutions, and AI is here to assist us in getting through these trying times.