UBC is a partner in several projects supported by the $60 million Digital Technology Supercluster COVID-19 program.
The investment is designed to address some of the biggest hurdles facing Canada’s response to the virus, including the need for faster, more efficient detection and treatment, more effective resource allocation, more accurate diagnosis tools for communities located outside of urban centers, and more widely available virtual care.
By tackling these challenges, the new projects will help protect the health and safety of vulnerable Canadians, such as those relying on home care, while developing technologies that bolster our digital economy.
UBC is a partner in the following funded projects:
- Lifesaver - Predicting Emerging Pandemics - A new tool to better forecast emerging pandemics.
- Point of Care Ultrasound for COVID-19 - This project aims to use a handheld ultrasound device powered by artificial intelligence to provide real-time diagnosis of patients with pneumonia, potentially caused by COVID-19.
- Protecting Canadians by Predicting the Evolution of COVID-19 - This project aims to forecast changes to the virus so that tests, therapies and vaccines can be pre-designed to manage future outbreaks.
- xrAI - This project uses artificial intelligence to identify lung abnormalities on chest x-rays in real-time.