Life Sciences Data on the Front Lines

Riley Hsia our consultant managing the role
Author: Riley Hsia
Posting date: 5/7/2020 10:05 AM
As states begin to lift restrictions, projections of cases and deaths, are expected to rise. Racing against the clock are scientists, Predictive Data Modelers, Bioinformatics Statisticians, and AI. Together with Machine Learning platforms, they’re working to find a solution to not only flatten the curve, but stop the virus in its tracks. And the first line of defense they’re turning to? AI.

AI as First Line of Defense Against Covid-19


Once a challenge to humans as taking over jobs, AI is now at the center of cutting-edge technologies to track the pandemic. Combined with other technologies such as machine learning, bioinformatics, and other Data solutions, AI has become a first line of defense against the outbreak. 

With the ability to filter through massive Data sets at a speed unmatched by humans, AI is working to crack the code of how best to treat Covid-19 patients. And to help flatten the curve? Some companies are using surveillance systems to help determine hotspots, track contagion points, and help to slow the spread of the virus.

Experts understand computation prowess alone won’t solve this disease. But its speediness will ratchet up the information so we can avoid years of trial and error. AI and Big Data can help give research groups, pharmaceutical firms, and even private businesses, who’ve tossed their hat into the ring to help fight this pandemic, a leg up.

Healthcare Analytics Enters the Fight


While there is a risk to Data given to algorithms, some private sector businesses are willing to take the chance. This kind of information can help to predict future hotspots to catch the virus in its tracks and work to ensure it doesn’t spread out from these localizations. 

Using the technologies we have in place like AI, Machine Learning platforms, Big Data, and Bioinformatics can help to speed up treatment, improve vaccines and pharmaceuticals, and offers near real-time solutions. As with anything involving large amounts of Data given directly into a machine, there is an urge to be cautious. 

Hotspots on a map can pinpoint where the worst or newest cases have sprung up. This insight gives experts a 360-degree view of patients using Machine Learning. Using a wide array of healthcare Data such as X-rays, ER visits, medical codes, and more, a new tracking system shows hidden areas where outbreaks could occur but may not be expected catching the virus in its tracks.

Monitoring is Critical as States Lift Restrictions


Though coronavirus is not the flu, flu season isn’t taking any time off. So as the two viruses collide, it’s more important than ever to monitor the spread. This can ensure hotspots are pinpointed early, efforts to flatten the curve, and monitor flare ups should the arise as the country begins to reopen.

Experts are working around the clock and using this clinical Data to inform their models. Predictive modeling, AI surveillance systems, and Bioinformatics used in healthcare Data are working together to find a cure. It’s important humans do their part, too. This just might be a best case scenario of machine and human working in cooperation toward a common goal.

But one thing this world needs at the speed of light beyond AI to syphon through Data? Professionals who have the technical prowess to understand the machines and the human skills of communication to explain the analyses. 

One Final Thought…


Business processes have shifted online, looking for your next job has become more daunting than ever before. But here’s the good news. Leaders, hiring managers, recruiters, and prospective employees are all navigating a new way of doing business and finding talent to keep those businesses running. 

In the wake of work-from-home policies, remote working, and the shifting landscape of working outside the office, technology careers are prime opportunities to both gain increased knowledge in your chosen field or begin your career path. 

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