Software solution company eGeneration says they have developed an AI-powered internet bot named CoronaBot and an X-ray image analysis tool specifically geared to improve and accelerate the detection of the novel coronavirus.
According to a press release issued on Saturday, the eGeneration CoronaBot is a self-testing tool that helps users to determine if they are a suitable candidate for a Covid-19 test. This encourages prompt self-isolation to safeguard others from possible transmission and provides healthcare professionals with more time to attend to the critical patients.
In addition, the CoronaBot is powered with artificial intelligence (AI) to acknowledge and answer users' questions. The bot can also respond to questions asked in English, Bengali, and Bengali to English transliteration.
On the other hand, the eGeneration X-ray image analysis tool built using machine learning technology has proven to be an effective method to detect Covid-19 from chest X-ray image, claims the press release.
Using this tool, users will be able to identify whether they are healthy, or are suffering from a mild case of pneumonia, or are infected with Covid-19 by simply providing an x-ray image of their lungs to eGeneration BeatCorona.
Two machine learning models are used in this tool -- Feed-forward Neural Network and Convolutional Neural Network, which are trained with processed data collected from various hospitals of Italy and China.
These X-rays will help to facilitate the undertaking of massive screening programmes while speeding up the detection of coronavirus which results in the successful reduction of transmission, developers hope.
Shameem Ahsan, chairman of eGeneration Group says, "eGeneration has been working diligently in healthcare software and analytics for the past two years. With the capability we have grown in artificial intelligence and machine learning from that work, we have been able to develop these solutions in a short time to fight the coronavirus."
"eGeneration will be investing in technology solutions to combat pandemics like Covid-19, as well as to ensure proper healthcare and well-being of people in both local and international spheres. This will allow us to make a significant contribution to the healthcare sector," he added.
Sabbir Arif Siddique, head of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Blockchain said, "We have been harnessing the power of Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence technologies for local and international markets for a long time. eGeneration BeatCorona is our effort to provide this technology to the people of Bangladesh as well."
eGeneration strongly believes that possessing appropriate knowledge and awareness to battle this fatal disease is crucial, especially because it lacks an effective cure.
This stresses the importance of conducting a self-assessment test which needs to be considered as a compulsory first-step approach towards fighting coronavirus, the press release continues, moreover, this will lessen the burden on healthcare officials who are working tirelessly to examine numerous coronavirus test results.