Thursday 9 July, 2020

Huawei uses technology to increase early detection of COVID-19

Global telecommunications company, Huawei, and the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) have strengthened their alliance to implement a diagnostic method for coronavirus (COVID-19) testing using technology.

With the system developed by the tech giants and Huazhong University of Science and Technology, precise quantitative results are automatically generated to carry the diagnosis of COVID-19, this process considerably improves the efficiency of the diagnosis.

Eric Liu, CEO of Huawei Honduras explained how the process works: “A tomography (a radiologic technique for obtaining clear X-ray images of deep internal structures by focusing on a specific plane within the body) is taken and its image is uploaded to a cloud, and in less than two seconds we can know if the patient suffers from pneumonia due to the coronavirus or not."

The diagnosis is made through a remote system to identify COVID-19 pneumonia, which uses software from Huawei that works through a cloud, uploading a CT image of the possible patient to it using a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS). The system performs the diagnosis immediately giving the results in two or three seconds, according to experts.

The PACS is a system of archiving and communication of medical images that are transmitted to viewing stations through a computer network, with a yielded diagnosis of 96 per cent certainty.

This system is part of the Smart City Development and Governance Standpoints Paper that was developed by Huawei and has been available to the public since 2019 in order to help build and improve the global competitiveness of cities in the process of digitalization and smart transformation.

The system "can help doctors distinguish the early, advanced and severe stages of the disease, thereby increasing the effectiveness of early detection and prevention," said Bai Xiang, a professor at the aforementioned university, quoted by the journal Ciencia y Technology.

This technology has already been implemented in more than 20 hospitals in China and in some Latin American countries such as Mexico.

Set to be ready in a matter of days, UNAH President Herrera Alvarado announced that instillation is in order to provide Honduras with the possibility of early diagnosis, starting with 200 tests donated by Huawei.

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