Sep 15, 2020

C3.ai to launch data-driven initiative to combat COVID-19

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covid-19
Kayleigh Shooter
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The technology giant is set to launch a new initiative focused on data-driven solutions to combat COVID-19...

 It was announced today that the technology and artificial intelligence company, C3.ai is launching a new initiative which invites data scientists, developers, researchers, and creative thinkers internationally to take part in the new and innovative "C3.ai COVID-19 Grand Challenge". The company is serving up $200,000 in cash prizes. The competition hopes to generate insights that can aid the fight against the coronavirus and insights that were not previously neither apparent nor achievable.

Thomas M. Siebel, CEO of C3.ai has high hopes for the competition and says; “The C3.ai COVID-19 Grand Challenge represents an opportunity to inform decision-makers at the local, state, and federal levels and transform the way the world confronts this pandemic, as with the C3.ai COVID-19 Data Lake and the C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute, this initiative will tap our community’s collective IQ to make important strides toward necessary, innovative solutions that will help solve a global crisis.”

A panel of judges will evaluate all submissions and base their decisions on whether the results are insights, leveraging data science techniques (e.g., statistical analyses, AI/ML algorithms, optimization approaches, etc.) that were not obvious before. The judging panel consists of five high level technology executives:

  • Pat House, Vice Chairman at C3.ai
  • Mike Callagy, County Manager at County of San Mateo
  • Richard Levin, C3.ai and Former President Emeritus at Yale University
  • S. Shankar Sastry, Co-Director, C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute and Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley
  • Zico Kolter, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University

The competition is now open and a registration deadline of the 25th October and a submission deadline of Nov. 18, 2020. You can learn more about how to submit proposals, here: https://c3.ai/grand-challenge/.

C3.ai is a high fledged artificial intelligence software provider specialising in the acceleration of digital transformation. The company delivers its innovative C3 AI Suite for developing, deploying, and operating large-scale artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and Internet of Things applications in addition to an increasingly growing portfolio of innovative AI applications. The core of the C3.ai's business is a revolutionary, model-driven AI architecture that dramatically enhances data science and application development.

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Jun 14, 2021

Zoom enters the healthcare market - a timeline

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videoconsultations
covid-19
Zoom
3 min
We chart Zoom's rise and entrance into the healthcare market

Since the pandemic began Zoom has become an integral part of daily life for people working from home, as well as a vital tool for families and friends to communicate. However it's also been eyeing up the healthcare space since 2017, and following the boom in telehealth the company has been rolling out additional services. Here we chart Zoom's move into healthcare. 

2011 - 2013


Zoom is founded in San Jose, California, by Eric Yuan, formerly of Cisco. He got the idea to create a video calling platform from his visits to his girlfriend while he was a student, which would take 10 hours by train. 

A beta version is released in 2012, which can host up to 15 participants. In 2013 this rises to 25. By mid-2013, Zoom has 1 million users. 

2014 - 2017

Zoom attracts investors, including Sequoia Capital, Emergence and Horizon Ventures. By January 2017, Zoom has a series D funding worth $100 million.

2017 - 2019

Zoom for Telehealth launches, including an integration with EHR system Epic. It has cloud-based video, audio, and content sharing features, a "waiting room" for patients, and can easily be integrated into healthcare provider's workflows. 

In 2019 Zoom goes public, with its IPO rising 72% in one day. 

2020

As a result of the pandemic, Zoom gains 2.2 million new users, more than in the whole of 2019. On the 23rd of March alone - the day the UK lockdown was announced - the platform was downloaded 2.13 million times around the world. 

Share prices rise to around $150, and founder and chief executive Eric Yuan becomes one of the world's richest people, with an estimated net worth of $7.9 billion. 

Early security issues are addressed by encrypting data with the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). By now the the platform allows 99 people to be on a call simultaneously
New features launch, including Zoom Home and Zoom for Chats. Throughout the year the platform is used to replace most kinds of real life events: work meetings, online classrooms, church services and social events. 

2021

Renamed Zoom for Healthcare, users can share secured video, audio, and content through desktops, mobile phones, and conference devices. As well as Epic, it can be integrated with Strmr, IntakeQ, and Practice Better.

It can also be used with diagnostic cameras and other point-of-care devices, including digital stethoscopes.

In an interview with Korea Biomedical Review, Zoom Global Healthcare Lead Ron Emerson said: "Our service is not simply a virtual care and telemedicine platform but a multi-purpose platform that can satisfy the needs of healthcare institutions."

"It can be used for administrative tasks, including telemedicine, medical team meetings, recruitment, medical education, employee training, and disease prevention. Analysing electronic records managed by Zoom could provide meaningful insights into patient care." 

Phoenix Children's Hospital, Belfast's Hospital Services Limited, Butler Health Services and the global Project ECHO are among Zoom for Healthcare's current customers. 

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