An AI-powered diagnosis system developed by the Chinese tech giant can identify coronavirus cases with an accuracy of around 96%. The identification will take place through computerized tomography scans.
As reported by Nikki Asian Review, an AI-powered diagnosis algorithm was created at Alibaba’s research institute named Damo Academy. The researchers stated that they trained the AI using sample data of around 5,000 confirmed cases or coronavirus.
The researcher claimed that the system could differentiate between the patients severely infected with the coronavirus and patients who only have viral pneumonia. This can be executed by the system with an accuracy rate of 96%. The algorithm is based on the latest research and treatment guidelines.
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The tool was first revealed in the new Qiboshan Hospital in Zhengzhou, located in Henan province. The hospital started admitting patients confirmed with coronavirus on Sunday. An Alibaba official said that the tool will soon be adopted by more than 100 hospitals situated in Anhui, Guangdong, and Hubei.
The diagnosis system developed by Alibaba will reduce the pressure from hospitals as the system can identify an individual in 20 seconds. As of now, a doctor takes around 15 to 20 minutes to analyze a single CT scan and verify coronavirus in a suspected patient.
Chinese National Health Commission included the CT scan results of the suspected patients as a top priority at the time of check-up instead of the nucleic acid test method. Those who will be diagnosed by coronavirus will get immediate treatment.
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This is not the first time that Alibaba is using AI to tackle coronavirus. Researchers from Damo Academy have previously created an AI-powered public health service that provides necessary information regarding SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus. The Chinese government deployed it in Zhejiang province in January 2020. The tool can provide answers for most of the inquiries related to coronavirus outbreak.