Yonghe Cardinal Tien Hospital, a hospital in Taipei, Taiwan, is tapping into AI and IoT to fight coronavirus. Since the early weeks of February, the hospital installed a detection device to continuously scans people entering the lobby. The device is based on Microsoft AI, which researchers all over the world are using alongside Azure.
The device employs AI on the Edge and cloud to help protect hospital patients and staff from asymptomatic carriers. According to Microsoft Taiwan Azure Business Group Lead Daniel Li, Microsoft started design way before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. The team deployed the solution on Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services in two weeks. It uses trained AI models running on an IoT Edge module for computer vision analysis via Power BI. In case of a suspect, the device alerts authorities automatically.
Also, Microsoft has built an AI-powered mask and IR temperature detection system on top of Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services.
“We look forward to helping Taiwan’s medical intuitions, enterprises, and society to work together to go through this difficult time”, says Li.
Many Microsoft initiatives involve AI and IoT tools to fight coronavirus. Indeed, Microsoft has been a first mover in this regard. On January 29, 2020, Microsoft announced AI for Health, a global, general-purpose initiative to empower scientists worldwide. Almost two months and 2.6 million cases later, AI for Health has been pivoted into a crucial tool in the fight against COVID-19.
Also worth noting, Adaptive Biotechnologies Corp. and Microsoft are using Azure to map the immune system’s response to threats such as coronavirus. Adaptive plans to use anonymized blood samples from individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 to strengthen its data samples, and is looking for additional contributors. It’s working with LabCorp on the blood collection effort.
Last but not least, Microsoft has also deployed Microsoft’s Healthcare Bot to ask users health question to assess COVID-19 infections.