Indian healthtech startups use deep tech to contain COVID-19 spread

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From automated health assessments to machine learning powered diagnosis, healthcare tech startups like Innovaccer, Qure.ai and TruFactor are leveraging the power of the cloud to develop new technologies to combat covid-19.

Mumbai-based Qure.ai uses an artificial intelligence-powered solution to identify 24 different abnormalities in a chest X-ray, including ones indicative of a covid-19 infection.

Built on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and trained using machine learning to detect pulmonary problems, including diseases like tuberculosis, the original solution has been repurposed by Qure for the ongoing pandemic.

Given the global shortage of test kits, Qure’s machine learning solution qXR can very quickly prioritize those who need to be tested immediately and those who need to be self-isolated, thus helping to maximise resource utilization.

“When we are testing large numbers of patients, qXR can help in triaging asymptomatic patients who need immediate intervention.. so we can help identify cases before it’s too late,” said Rohit Ghosh, founding member, Qure.ai. “AWS provides the scalability and support needed in deploying the solutions quickly and robustly across parts of the world.”

Trufactor, a subsidiary of InMobi Group, uses geo-mobility intelligence to arrest the spread of covid-19. It gives enterprises access to consumer data and intelligence that helps them understand how social behaviour is changing due to the ongoing crisis and ensure the appropriate response.

Iyer added that there has been a 25% increase in requests for the TruFactor data since the outbreak, especially from universities and companies in retail, consumer and financial services space.

Similarly, Aiisma, a data marketplace, has developed an app for contact tracing and symptom mapping features which was launched about 6 weeks ago. “Our symptom mapping feature has helped signal possible infection multiple times now for the users and advised them to contact authorities,” says Ankit Chaudhari, co-founder, Aiisma.

“We chose AWS server-less computing technology to scale up rapidly in response to events, and automatically manage the computing resources required. This allows us to focus on the user experience minimising our time and costs significantly, and ensures data security and privacy,” says Kanav Hasija, co-founder, Innovaccer.

Innovacer’s platform has been adopted by the governments of Goa and Puducherry. The health ministry of Goa launched its patient testing app for covid-19 with Innovaccer in mid-March called “Test Yourself Goa.”

This article was first published on livemint.com.

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

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