Sep 16 2020
The Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence has announced that its AI based tool "Cough against Covid" can effectively triage for COVID-19 based on solicited-cough sounds. The results are instantaneous and the tool can work work on a basic smartphone or feature phone. It does not require an app, special device or trained personnel. In what could be a real breakthrough for more efficient, effective COVID-19 testing, the AI tool can even identify asymptomatic individuals who are likely to have the infection.
Commenting on this breakthrough, Dr. Rahul Panicker, Chief Research and Innovation Officer, Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence, said, "Testing capacity for COVID-19 has been a major challenge globally since the start of the pandemic. This prompted us to think about how we could use AI to develop a non-invasive COVID-19 testing tool that was affordable and accessible to a large population. After months of hard work, we are proud to present our Cough against Covid AI tool that can screen both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals who likely have the infection. We believe it will help health care and civic authorities expand testing and also focus their resources better, by filtering out patients with Covid-19 - like symptoms but without the infection. We will continue to work towards making it accessible to those who need it most. We also plan to share our research widely so that people around the world can benefit from the tool."
It is expected that the tool can increase the testing capacity of a healthcare system by 43% without additional supplies, trained personnel, or physical infrastructure (at WHO-recommended test positivity rates of 5%).
The unpublished research will be shared on a preprint server for feedback on September 18, 2020. Further evaluation is in progress.
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