What Every Public Health Organization Needs to Know Right Now About Preparing and Training for Pandemics

The Facts Behind the Coronavirus Outbreak 

There is a training solution that will help Public Health Organizations get up to speed and allow them the ability to use modern tools quickly — this blog will show you how. Many are talking about the recent outbreak of Coronavirus, a contagious virus that affects the respiratory tract of mammals, including humans. The World Health Organization has declared the virus a global health emergency.  

Currently, in China, over 100 people have died, and it has infected nearly 4,700 people worldwide, including in the United States. U.S. health officials recently announced they would hasten work on a vaccine, aiming to have an early-stage trial within three months [1]. 

A global health monitoring platform was the first to identify Coronavirus as a potential pandemic correctly with the help of an early-warning system that utilizes artificial intelligence and machine learning. 

Per a recent article [2], AI won’t replace experts or stop the new virus, but it is becoming a useful tool in attempts to monitor and respond to the Coronavirus crisis. For the first time in a global outbreak, AI is proving to be of huge value. 

With the use of AI, there are expansive possibilities to utilize this technology as a supplement to public health leader’s efforts, helping to make smarter, faster decisions. We discuss how AI can give a proactive approach to the medical industry versus a reactive approach here. It’s time for this technology to assist in controlling epidemics like Influenza, SARS, Zika, MERS, and Ebola. 

Training is Required to Get Ahead 

AI-assisted technology is useful in time-sensitive situations, like the recent outbreak. AI can help diagnose problems, quickly gather tons of data, and identify patterns.  

Although AI surveillance tools have been accessible for more than a decade in public health, they are much more powerful now with recent advances in machine learning in combination with greater data availability [2]. 

There are commercial solutions, but training is required for Public Health Officials to gain the most impact to work cohesively with these technologies effectively. The American Medical Association (AMA) has adopted policies to support the integration of artificial intelligence in medical practice.  

According to recent news [3], Medical experts are working to determine the clinical applications of AI—work that will guide healthcare in the future. These experts are joined by physicians, state, and federal officials who must find the path that ends with better outcomes for patients. 

The use of AI technologies can help save the time of healthcare employees, giving them more room for direct patient care. Take, for example, Hosparus Health, a hospice and palliative care provider, who recently launched a new course for registered nurses who want to improve their care-delivery techniques, interpersonal aptitudes, and other bedside-care skills [4]. 

A Key Solution to Training 

New technology is being introduced to doctors, clinicians, and everyone in the healthcare fields, including automation, advanced algorithms, predictive analytics, and machine learning. Proper training is necessary to utilize this new scope. To leverage — it's time to upskill doctors, nurses, and everyone from frontline to executive. 

We offer a 30-day quick-start program to help hospitals train their employees on how to collect and understand the correct data, utilizing algorithms, and commercial solutions. Learn more about Amesite’s turn-key training solution here.