Dr. Vincent Grasso, IPsoft’s IPsoft’s Global Lead of Healthcare & Life Sciences, has often said AI can be used as an effective solution for fighting epidemics such as the opioid crisis and obesity. With the coronavirus continuing to spread globally, Dr. Grasso in a recent interview said that he sees an opportunity to leverage AI in combating the outbreak.

AI “could provide much-needed relief in countries where the coronavirus has spiralled out of control, namely in China and neighbouring countries, and where doctors are reportedly being ‘pushed to the brink,’” Dr. Grasso told The Express. “Hiring more doctors for these situations is costly and difficult, especially when the outbreak is spread across multiple countries lacking the resources. Conversational computing enables and empowers doctors and nurses to manage the care of affected patients with minimal human contact.”

The article, which features commentary from World Health Organization officials and England’s Chief Medical Officer, examines the potential for the coronavirus to spread in the United Kingdom and elsewhere. Dr. Grasso said using AI within quarantined areas could be the key to safely providing patient care.

“For example, hospitals can implement conversational AI in quarantined areas to help them obtain important information from patients while limiting external exposure, such as details of their physiological state, or logistical information concerning exposure sites,” he said. ““Conversational AI solutions can also act as a digital care assistant by providing quarantined patients with updates and information, i.e. giving them medication reminders, or by notifying human doctors when patients report more serious symptoms to ensure that the gravest cases are dealt with first.”

For more from Dr. Grasso, be sure to read The Express post in its entirety.

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