Visual Tech Can Assist Us In Flattening The Curve
In these uncertain times during the coronavirus pandemic, most experts agree that flattening the curve is of the utmost importance to stop the breakdown of our global health systems. Visual technology is being used to fight this pandemic leveraging computer vision, machine learning, and AI. Testing is the main tool we are using to flatten the curve and in this, visual tech plays a major role.
Genalyte created immunoassay blood tests designed to detect COVID-19 antigens in just 15 minutes by making use of optical sensor technology. Other visual tools helping us fight the pandemic include chest CT scans and lung ultrasounds in addition to chest X-rays or CT scans where machine learning is applied to help us understand better.
With better visual tech, healthcare is becoming accessible remotely, allowing for faster diagnosis and better treatment. All telehealth companies are seeing substantial growth.
In Northern Italy, for example, two local companies – Isinnova and Lonati SpA – stepped in and printed much needed respirator valves in just a few hours. Italian engineers also found a way to modify diving masks with respirator valves to create additional personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical workers.
In New York, Shapeways is printing reusable face shields for hospital workers. UV disinfection robots have come into play and were used successfully by China to control the spread of the virus. Thermal cameras are being installed to detect fever and early diagnosis of the virus.
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