How hospitals are using AI to manage COVID-19

Tampa (Fla.) General Hospital is among many healthcare organizations that are turning to artificial intelligence to screen and monitor patients through the coronavirus pandemic, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Among the AI technologies being deployed in recent days and weeks are sensors to predict which COVID-19 patients are at risk of developing complications such as sepsis or respiratory failure and virtual clinical assistants to screen patients before they arrive at a facility.

At Tampa General, a newly installed AI system will perform facial scans to identify patients with fevers, according to WSJ. The software, developed by Care.ai, was deployed in an effort to reduce foot traffic at the health system by 75 percent, Tampa General CEO and President John Couris told WSJ.

Ideally, he said, it "keeps people that don't really need to be in the hospital out of the hospital."

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