Use of Data Science in Healthcare
The current pandemic Covid-19 has led to sudden accelerated usage of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence in the field of healthcare and Health science research.
Today the field of Data Science, Machine Learning and AI is being used extensively not only to understand the pandemics’ propagation patterns but also for testing as well as care of Covid-19 patients.
Following are some of the ways Healthcare professionals are using Data Science, Machine Learning and AI to combat the pandemic:
Online and interactive voice response systems and chatbots for initial diagnosis
Most healthcare organisations and governments have made available simple tools for individuals to assess quickly if they have symptoms that need further in-depth Covid19 testing. These are based on series of simple questions based on which AI powered system can quickly differentiate between those having general flu/sickness symptoms with those who may really be having Covid-19 virus.
These tools are not only helping the individuals to allay their fears through use of these scientific self-assessment tools but are also successful in reducing the pressure on the healthcare organisations by reducing visits traffic from non-covid19 patients.
Artificial Intelligence Powered Sensors and Monitors
Physical sensors and cameras equipped with AI based technology to conduct facial thermal scan and pick symptoms like sweat and discoloration, are being used by various governments and healthcare organizations to quickly distinguish people that are likely to be suffering from Covid-19 vs others in crowded areas like airports, railway/metro stations, hospitals etc. and hence helping in controlling of the spread of pandemic.