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How Digital Technologies are Helping to Flatten The COVID Curve

Ankita Hariyani

The Coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 2.5 million people in  210 countries and territories around the world. - MarketWatch

With every passing hour, we continue to fight uncertainty due to COVID-19. Even in the era of hyper-connected and globalized world, Corona Virus has exposed human fragility. But on the other hand, it has paved way for technological advancements and innovations that are helping us confront it with resiliency.

Technology leaders, innovators and researchers are relentlessly working to curb the spread and the subsequent impact of COVID-19 using digital technologies.

Businesses across the world are embracing conferencing tools, digital signature solutions, digital learning, VR-based training, robotic process automation and business apps supporting remote workers ensuring contactless functioning and uninterrupted business operations during lockdown.

Digital transformation has arrived at an unprecedented pace in healthcare as well. To take swift actions against the virus spread, support frontline health workers and ensure the safety of patients, healthcare stakeholders are actively adopting operational tools such as digital epidemiology and EHR guideline tools, rapid-response test kits, chatbot helpers, etc.

According to CNBC report, Facebook, Amazon and Google are also playing a crucial role in supporting WHO to combat the spread of corona virus and misinformation.

Apple and Google together are contributing by building a Bluetooth-based contact tracking functionality to identify transmission of virus from the affected individuals.

Facebook has rolled out three new COVID-19 related health tracking maps to stay abreast with the co-location, movement and social interaction data.

The tech world has no shortage of ideas and talent to develop technology solutions that help stem the tide.

Here are some of the innovative technologies that are helping fight the crisis:

Artificial Intelligence: Identify, Track, And Diagnose Outbreaks

AI is a crucial contributor in disease surveillance, outbreak visualization and prediction. AI is helping to identify, diagnose and develop a cure for the illness. For instance, the AI-based facial recognition and machine learning application can help screen people and assess infection risks.

Further, technology such as Natural Language Processing (NLP), Machine Learning (ML) and location monitoring can help to predict where and how quickly the disease might spread.

With the help of data analytics and predictive models, medical professionals can analyze data and use that data to predict which type of medicines are most likely to be effective. For example, data collected from coronavirus patients’ - chest X-rays can serve as a potential medium for AI tools to help doctors render diagnoses more quickly.

Chatbots can answer questions related to COVID-19, provide reliable information and guidelines, recommend protection measures and advice individuals to take relevant actions.

Blockchain - Traceability to Flatten the Curve

Blockchain can potentially be used to manage healthcare data, prevent data loss and tampering with the pandemic information and resources. It leads helping hand in tracking the supply of virus prevention drugs and other materials efficiently and transparently thus effectively reducing fraud.

Blockchain not only represents a possibility to help reduce the spread of coronavirus, but also provides some preventive measures during a bleak time. Check video:

5G & Smart Applications - Curb The Community Spread

5G plays an indirect role in controlling the spread of virus. High speed, huge bandwidth and low latency enables healthcare professionals to conduct seamless communication through live-streaming video and telemedicine with patients, thus further improving the efficiency and effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment.

5G enables development of digitized and cloud-based public emergency response applications for continuous remote monitoring and diagnosis of patients’ health eliminating the need of physical presence of a medical expert.

Cloud Computing:  Support Health Services

As the virus spreads, the demand for cloud computing as an essential technology has skyrocketed. Many healthcare institutions have digitized their process and transferred their data to the cloud to optimize healthcare services.

Cloud computing is not limited to data storage. It also lowers the IT costs for health facilities, eases the interoperability by enabling data and system integrations.

In the pandemic response, cloud technology supports telemedicine and remote data accessibility, interactive online tools enabling frontline healthcare responders to provide faster responses to patient needs.

The Path Ahead – Go Digital

The response to COVID-19 outbreak has accelerated the adoption and scaling of the mentioned emerging technologies in healthcare to speed up diagnosis and patient monitoring.

Every cloud has a silver lining. Where COVID-19 has become a global human tragedy, these tech innovations are sure to be the silver lining, helping us to effectively deal with the outbreak.

Capitalize on the opportunities by leveraging emerging technologies to evolve or brace new challenges. Cygnet has been leading from the front against the fight with COVID-19 by offering mission critical business solutions such as Cygnature – a blockchain enabled digital signing solution and AutomationwhiZ – a software bot universe with free bots to automate business processes. These solutions are enabling businesses to be resilient and unwavering during this crisis.

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Ankita Hariyani

Ankita Hariyani is a content writer at Cygnet Infotech. She has the technical precision, business experience and creativity to craft technically detailed write-ups with ease. She embraces her writing skills to condense complicated information into easily digestible articles for prospective clients, business readers, executives, and for those with an appetite for knowledge. When she is not busy writing, she loves to spend her free time singing, reading and writing poetry.

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