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Amazon Web Services announced this week that it would distribute $12 million in calculating credits and experience toward cloud-powered early disease detection, prognosis , diagnostics and public health genomics projects.    

Through its Diagnostic Development Initiative, the company says it aims to help organizations around the world better speech ailments including – but not limited to – COVID-19.  

“We have observed transformative innovations in how we diagnose disease within the past year, from machine learning-powered X-ray vision analysis to new developments in rapid , higher quality, and direct-to-consumer tests , ” said Dr. Vin Gupta, chief medical officer of Amazons COVID-19 Response, in a statement.  

“These changes will continue to evolve and improve our capacity to respond to future outbreaks, ” Gupta continued.  

WHY IT MATTERS  

Last year, AWS committed $20 million in computing credits and experience during the first phase of its Diagnostic Development Initiative.  

During this phase, AWS states it encouraged 87 organizations ‘ diagnostic projects , including molecular tests for antibodies, antigens, and nucleic acids; diagnostic imaging; wearables; and data analytics tools which use artificial intelligence and machine learning how to detect the novel coronavirus.  

In this next phase beginning Monday, AWS says it will expand the scope to three new areas:

  1. Early disease detection to spot outbreaks in the individual and at the neighborhood level
  2. Prognosis to better understand disease trajectory 
  3. Public health genomics to bolster viral genome sequencing worldwide  

Even though it will prioritize COVID-19 projects, it will also evaluate those focusing on other infectious diseases.  

THE LARGER TREND  

Amazon was one of several software giants who has poured resources toward cloud-powered health care technology amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

This past October, Microsoft made its Cloud for Healthcare platform generally available, together with launching its Microsoft Teams electronic health record connector.

And Google last April announced its Google Cloud Healthcare API, designed to enable standardized information exchange between healthcare applications and solutions built on Google Cloud.  

ON THE RECORD  

” We have already seen inspirational results from the Diagnostic Development Initiative, and we look forward to supporting broader uses of cloud technologies to enable organizations and communities to identify and respond even quicker to future outbreaks, ” said Gupta in a statement.

 

Kat Jercich is senior editor of Healthcare IT News.
Twitter: @kjercich
Email: kjercich@himss.org
Healthcare IT News is a HIMSS Media publication.

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