Alibaba and Ping An develop AI-based diagnostics to detect coronovirus infection from CT scans in seconds

March 05, 2020
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As the coronavirus epidemic becomes a larger global threat, time is of the essence in diagnosing and treating patients. In our recent report, we highlighted how point-of-care diagnostics (POCD) for infectious diseases today still suffer from lack of speed and reliability. Cheek swabs, the primary diagnostic method, employ a PCR-based technique that takes a few hours at best. Alibaba and Ping An have developed an AI-based diagnostic that they claim can detect coronavirus-positive cases with 96% and 90% accuracy within 20 seconds and 15 seconds, respectively, from CT scans. Clients should monitor how these two giants deploy their solutions, especially if thy have interest in partnering to bring these solutions to other markets outside China.

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