Coronavirus (COVID–19)—AI leads in transforming patient care and treatment

Coronavirus (COVID–19)—AI leads in transforming patient care and treatment

The Department of Health and Social Care has stated that patients with coronavirus (COVID–19) are benefiting from quicker treatment, better results and shorter hospital stays from the help of the latest artificial intelligence (AI). The National COVID–19 Chest Imaging Database (NCCID) is an AI instrument being utilised throughout hospitals and universities across the UK to help expedite ‘diagnosis of patients presenting with COVID-19 symptoms’ which leads to the development of a prompt treatment plan and better comprehension of the criticality of the patient’s condition. NHSX, the AI lab unit, has distributed 40,000 CT scans, MRIs and X-rays from over 10,000 patients in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic.

An algorithm based on the NCCID images is being developed by clinicians at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge which aims to use ‘visual signatures of the virus, as they appear in chest scans’. This can be used to compare patterns of the patient’s scan with those who have used NCCID previously. The dataset is being shared between 18 separate trusts centrally. The government stated that early detection of the disease will allow better management of staff resources as well as quicker treatment such as giving medication and oxygen to the patient before they reach a 'critical stage’.

The government has published a guide to good practice for digital and data-driven health technologies, which can be viewed here.

Source: AI at the forefront of efforts to treat coronavirus patients

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