VANCOUVER – Collaboration has begun between Providence Health Care (PHC), Microsoft Canada and computer vision researchers at the University of British Columbia to develop an artificial intelligence (AI) powered solution to monitor the effectiveness of COVID-19 social distancing policies and guidelines at PHC’s St. Paul’s Hospital campus.
This solution will help them plan for and maintain daily operations and routine procedures in the coming months.
Following the initial outbreak earlier this year, PHC began planning in expectation of a second wave of COVID-19 infection rates with a mission to improve patient outcomes, particularly among the most vulnerable in long-term care and acute care settings.
“Multidisciplinary collaborations with industry and academia expedited our development process, thereby directly assisting our efforts to plan for the urgent and ever evolving nature of the COVID-19 crisis. Our collaboration with Microsoft and UBC provided invaluable domain knowledge to help us move quickly, safely and effectively to help all stakeholders involved,” said Soyean Kim (pictured), director of Digital Products at Providence Health Care.
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