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Huawei developed an AI system that diagnoses COVID-19 in just a few seconds

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Just recently, Wuhan announced that they had received no new cases of Coronavirus infection since the outbreak of the pandemic in December 2019. Unfortunately, the disease is still ravaging countries around the world, overwhelming their health system.

Presently the number of cases has surpassed 200,000 with over 8,000 fatalities worldwide. The power blocs such as the US, UK, France, Spain and Italy have been among the worse hit.

Italy’s record of persons who died as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak last Thursday surpassed the number of persons who died in China. Experts have clarified that Italy’s alarming fatality figure was due to its ageing population compared to other countries in Europe. However, some other factors may have contributed, one of which is testing.

Currently, there are two ways to diagnose the COVID-19 virus: CT scans and nucleic acid reagents. The tests are not readily available yet, so that may have a significant effect on the rising number of cases.

Several days ago, local scientists were able to design and build a COVID-19 testing kit which is 6 times cheaper and 11 times faster than imported alternatives.

The good news is Chinese tech giant Huawei may have found a solution that could help speed up diagnoses. The tech company has developed a diagnosis method that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and could help doctors determine if a patient is infected or not. The AI-assisted COVID-19 diagnostic solution is said to have an accuracy of more than 98%.

Huawei Cloud teamed up with Lanwon Technology and Huazhong University of Science & Technology to develop the medical image analysis service that scans CT results. The system uses AI algorithms as well as data gathered in China in order to save time and reduce the doctor’s workload.

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Apart from diagnosis, the Huawei AI system will be used all throughout the patient’s care and management when the case is confirmed. In such a situation, the medical image analysis technology will carry out registration and quantitative analysis on the 4D dynamic data of multiple rechecks rapidly in a short period of time.

The data will help doctors efficiently keep track of the patients’ condition and the effectiveness of the drug administered. Huawei is looking to upgrade the technology for detection of all lung diseases like pneumonia, lung cancer, and lung nodules.

Huawei is offering the product to designated hospitals for free. The company’s Philippine arm has also hinted that it is making efforts to get the service to local hospitals in the country. Hospitals that are interested can reach Huawei via email or visit huaweicloud.com.

Source: Huawei Cloud

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