We live in a tense time in our history, the uncertainty of an unknown and lethal virus has brought drastic changes to our lifestyle. I believe that after this crisis we will see an acceleration in the digital transformation, never before have so many companies needed to adopt the "home office" model and search for digital solutions, however forced, this will make many look with new eyes on new work models.
Several, maybe even most, of the innovations came after moments of stress like the one we are experiencing. The need to think outside the box forces people and companies to look for innovative solutions. That's why I believe that we will come out of this stronger and more technological than ever!
We can see how much technology has helped in the fight against Coronavirus, many solutions have been used, so I have separated some interesting examples to share with you.
The Ministry of Health, in a very quick response, launched an app called Coronavirus – SUS . The app presents from descriptions of symptoms, prevention tips, which are the forms of transmission and a map with the free health facilities closest to your location.
But the main function of the application is in the analysis of the user's health condition, working as a digital triage. If you are feeling unwell and with possible symptoms of the virus, the user can answer a questionnaire in the application that assesses and indicates the risk of infection.
Something commendable and surprising coming from the public sector, which is usually very technologically backward, in less than a month the application had already had more than 3 million downloads. You can find the download links on your mobile here .
THE Center for Systems for Science and Engineering (CSSE) From Johns Hopkins University to become the world's central Coronavirus data, they set up a panel to monitor cases around the world, broken down by country and in some cases by state. Also, they use a repository on the Github to share all the data reported and organized by the COVID-19 world, serving as a basis for researchers to analyze and develop projections.
3. Artificial intelligence
3.1 Monitoring and preventive detection
the Canadian company BlueDot develops an artificial intelligence algorithm that scans thousands of sources, documents, medical publications and even weather conditions, looking for information about possible diseases and their ability to proliferate. It was this technology that, in December 2019, warned of the emergence of a new respiratory disease in Wuhan, China. Exactly 9 days before the first official communication made by the World Health Organization (WHO).
3.2 Drug Analysis
The race for drugs and vaccines against COVID-19 has become the target of a lot of pressure. A viable short-term solution is "drug repositioning," in which they try to find out whether existing drugs approved for human consumption are viable alternatives to combat it. This search started with 2,000 possible drugs, and after analysis by an artificial intelligence algorithm reduced that number to 16.
3.3 Coronavirus Diagnosis
The American Artificial Intelligence Company Infervision developed a solution that helps detect and effectively monitor the disease. The solution aims to improve the diagnostic speed of computed tomography (CT) scans. Another company that joined the fight against Coronavirus was the Chinese Alibaba, it developed a artificial intelligence system they claim to have 96% accuracy in diagnosing COVID-19 in a matter of seconds.
Telemedicine should be used in the following ways:
- Guidance: Professionals provide remote guidance and referral of patients in isolation.
- Monitoring: Monitoring the patient's progress.
- Interconsultation : Exchange of information and opinions between physicians, for diagnostic or therapeutic assistance.