How One Company Used AI to Detect the Coronavirus

By John Stackhouse
Published February 24, 2020 | 2 min read

On New Year’s Eve, BlueDot—a Toronto technology company aiming to fight epidemics using AI—saw something concerning. By the next day, BlueDot had alerted its clients of the possible outbreak of a novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China—days before the World Health Organization. On the latest RBC Disruptors podcast, John Stackhouse sits down Kamran Khan, one of the world’s top virus-chasers, to discuss how he sounded the alarm on the coronavirus using a blend of artificial intelligence, medical expertise and human instinct.

On RBC Disruptors, meet Dr. Kamran Khan, a Canadian physician and entrepreneur using AI and Big Data to create an early-warning system for infectious diseases. Khan and John Stackhouse discuss:

  • How BlueDot’s early warning system detected the 2020 coronavirus ahead of everyone else
  • Why Canada is a challenging environment for healthcare innovation
  • How societies struggle in 2020 to contain infectious diseases despite a wave of new technologies

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John Stackhouse

John Stackhouse
Senior Vice President, Office of the CEO, Royal Bank of Canada

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