Impact of Emerging Tech on Future Pandemics: Key Takeaways

March 11, 2022

In a special guest feature with The Times of India, Radha Basu, Founder and CEO of iMerit, discusses applications where technology plays a vital role in preventing pandemic spread.

Here are 5 key takeaways from the article:

  • Forecasting spread and future outbreaks
    Detection devices such as wearables are on the rise, making it possible to detect and diagnose diseases and health conditions before they enter the risk zone. Leading-edge technologies like AI, big data, electronic health record management , and internet of things (IoT) can be leveraged to understand diseases and treat them before they become fatal.
  • Drug discovery
    AI plays an important role in suggesting components of a vaccine by understanding the different structures of protein indicators. It can help medical researchers survey a large number of relevant research papers at an unprecedented pace.
  • Autonomous technology
    Autonomous operations have human-like learning and adaptive capabilities, allowing them to react without operator intervention to situations within a secure bounded domain that are not programmed or anticipated at the design phase. They oversee all functions, including safety-critical ones.
  • Facial recognition
    The pandemic has accelerated the use of many biometric data collection tools and to ensure adherence to masking protocol facial recognition software was common years before the pandemic. It is being leveraged not just to unlock phones but aims to identify every person on the planet.
  • Curbing fake news
    During the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is mourning the immense loss of life and healthcare systems are in disarray. In such sensitive situations, correct information helps to mitigate the crisis and to ensure that the situation is not complicated further.

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