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AI Is About to Face a Major Test: Can It Differentiate Covid-19 From Flu?

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A ventilator in a hospital exam room.

Developers of artificial intelligence tools are about to face their biggest test of the pandemic: can they help doctors differentiate between the coronavirus and the flu, and accurately predict which patients will become severely ill?

Credit: John Minchillo/AP

Researchers are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to help doctors differentiate between Covid-19 and the flu and predict which patients likely will need intensive care beds, ventilators, and other equipment that could be in high demand during a Covid-flu "twindemic."

Said the University of Michigan's Karandeep Singh, "Imaging-based products are going to have a harder time spreading and being implemented without either integration into the electronic health record or some company licensing the technology out to universities directly."

Dascena, a company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, recently received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a tool that uses AI to analyze electronic health records and flag high-risk patients likely to need intubation.

Meanwhile, hospitals are building their own systems to predict mortality risk and identify patients in need of careful management post-discharge.

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