The better we can track the virus, the better we can fight it. AI is indispensable to this endeavor. AI technology is ideally positioned to identify, track and forecast outbreaks. By analyzing news reports, social media platforms, and government documents, AI can learn to detect an outbreak. Canadian startup BlueDot has pioneered this technology. BlueDot’s AI was even able to warn of the threat several days before the CDC or the WHO issued their public warnings.

As imaging departments in medical facilities are over-taxed with an increased workload, the AI company, Infervision deployed a coronavirus AI solution that helps healthcare workers detect and monitor the disease. The solution improves CT diagnosis speed.

Google’s DeepMind team used its latest AI algorithms and its computing power to understand the proteins that might make up the coronavirus–findings that have been made available to the public so as to help others develop treatments.

Some other companies at the forefront of AI-based healthcare are Lumiata, KenSci, Arterys, Qventus, AiCure, and GNS Healthcare–all of which use “smart” technology to more efficiently and more effectively deploy medical solutions.

And BenevolentAI is using AI to create medicines that are useful for combating the world’s toughest diseases. It is now making contributions in the global effort to find a treatment for the novel coronavirus. In fact, within weeks of the outbreak, it used its predictive capabilities to propose existing drugs that might be useful.