By Rita Liao
Tech firms around the world are in an overdrive to help battle the coronavirus pandemic. Research showed that 6.5% of COVID-19 patients can suddenly progress to serious illness, and among them the mortality rate can be as high as 49%. Therefore one of the key tasks for health authorities is to identify and treat patients who may develop severe or fatal syndromes early on.
That’s what has been underway at a research team jointly established by Tencent AI Lab and a group of Chinese public health scientists headed by Zhong Nanshan, the country’s senior medical advisor on COVID-19, since its inception in February.
This week, the team unveiled a deep learning-based model that can predict the risk of coronavirus patients developing critical illness. The details were published in Nature Communications, recounting how the the lab devised the model based on a cohort of 1590 patients from 575 medical centers in China, with further validation from 1393 patients.
The joint lab made the predictor available online, allowing clinical staff around the world to calculate patients’ probability of developing critical illness within 5, 10, and 30 days using ten clinical variables. While its immediate focus is on COVID-19, the lab’s long-term …read more
Source: Tech Crunch