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In early days of the pandemic, hospitals were overwhelmed in terms of just diagnosing COVID-19 due to a shortage of tests. Intel partners stepped up to use medical imaging equipment, like CT machines and X-ray machines, to fill the gap for diagnosis using artificial intelligence (AI). These smart machines can analyze patient films and determine the presence and severity of COVID-19. The solution has paved the way for organizations to create diverse datasets for more accurate diagnoses. UC San Francisco is leveraging Intel® Software Guard Extensions to deploy a confidential computing platform that will help protect both the algorithms and privacy of healthcare data when building AI models.
Telehealth and remote care solutions are critical to treating COVID-19. With Medtronic, Intel® NUC Mini PCs were used to build remote ventilators so doctors could monitor multiple ventilated patients at a time without risking exposure. Banner Health, VeeMed and Intel worked together to augment existing in-room displays with an Intel NUC Mini PC running telehealth software. Providers and specialists were able to offer critical consultative support for COVID-19 patients, remotely speak to patients, check data from in-room monitors and even Zoom in for visual exams.
Investing in research and therapeutic development is crucial if we want to prevent the spread of future viruses. Our partnership with University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign to develop AVX-512 optimizations for the NAMD scalable molecular dynamics code will speed up the study of viruses and accelerate research into treatments. The Berlin Institute of Health leveraged Intel®-based high performance computing (HPC) architecture to successfully perform compute-intensive RNA sequencing on a single-cell level to better understand how the novel coronavirus works.