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Qingdao West Coast New Area People's Hospital
Introduction
Qingdao West Coast New Area People's Hospital is a tier-3 comprehensive hospital that engages in medical treatment, healthcare, education, scientific research, and emergency care. It is also Qingdao's designated hospital for foreigners. As Qingdao’s designated COVID-19 patient admission facility, it was responsible for the prevention and control of the epidemic.
Challenges
  • Qingdao West Coast New Area has a population of over 1.5 million and has a relatively high density of businesses within Qingdao. As Qingdao's designated COVID-19 patient admission facility, the Qingdao West Coast New Area People's Hospital is responsible for the important task of epidemic prevention and control. As the epidemic wreaked havoc, and as people returned to work, there was huge pressure on screening. At the start of February in particular, as people returned to work and businesses resumed production, which led to a surge of traffic, the demand of testing health workers and suspected patients increased dramatically. In addition, the pandemic situation in neighboring countries, especially Japan and South Korea, was not optimistic either. Due to the special geographical location of Qingdao, there were many flights and people coming from Japan and South Korea. This also posed a grave challenge to the pandemic prevention and control locally.
Result
To combat with the COVID-19 outbreak, SenseTime performed model training based on the gold standard data with nucleic acid testing statistics. In particular, SenseTime used front-line clinical data in the early, mid, and late clinical stages from Hubei and performed fast and comprehensive study on the complex features of COVID-19. It thereby released the SenseCare Lung AI Smart Analysis Solution, and also promoted its front-line epidemic prevention and control experience in the wider region. Qingdao West Coast New Area People's Hospital was responsible for the important task of epidemic prevention, control, and screening, as well as finding more efficient ways of identifying suspected new COVID-19 cases. The SenseCare Lung AI Smart Analysis Solution is able to detect and identify suspected lesions on lung CT scans and automatically screen out suspected cases of COVID-19, while sending alerts in real time. Doctors can then take further measures based on the diagnosis results, which greatly reduces cross infections. Furthermore, the product can quickly complete quantitative analysis and tell the size and scope of the lesion as well as its proportion in the lung to provide even more explainable and detailed lesion information for front-line doctors. Even with the travel rush, heavy snow, impeded logistics, and many other difficulties, SenseCare Lung AI Smart Analysis Solution not only helped doctors better identify COVID-19 "image characteristics", it also effectively improved screening efficiency and facilitated epidemic prevention and control in the Qingdao West Coast New Area. The solution has received praise from the local center for disease control and prevention as well as leaders of local health institutions. Since the solution was installed, it has already helped the Qingdao West Coast New Area People's Hospital screen up to 30,000 lung CT scans and has provided strong support for the normalization and continuation of epidemic prevention and control.