Intel Editorial: Leveraging Technology to Provide Global Pandemic Relief
Reflecting on the Past Year and Our Plans to Address the Impact of COVID-19
This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210407005249/en/
One year ago, Intel launched the Pandemic Response Technology Initiative (PRTI), a
Twelve months later, the scope of PRTI work includes 230 projects spread across 170 organizations. We’ve partnered with organizations around the world to apply our solutions and expertise to geographically unique problems as well as global challenges, and we don’t want to stop.
Aligned with Intel’s RISE 2030 goals, we are transitioning this process and the technical expertise of our employee volunteers to the Intel RISE Technology Initiative (IRTI). The IRTI will continue to review and fund projects related to healthcare, education and the economy with new dedicated workstreams for social equity and human rights, accessibility, and climate action.
IRTI will create a broader, purpose-driven platform for action with a new
Diagnose, Treat and Prevent the Next Pandemic
The challenges of the healthcare industry are innumerable. When assessing projects, how do you choose between helping patients, assisting medical staff, funding life-saving research or making sense of massive amounts of unstructured patient data? We wanted to ensure we were tapping into the full breadth of Intel’s portfolio to provide support and make a lasting difference. The PRTI worked with partners across the healthcare space, from universities and hospitals to equipment manufacturers and infrastructure partners, to maximize our impact at every level.
Diagnose: In early 2020, there was a huge shortage of polymerase chain reaction tests, which are critical to the analysis and identification of infectious agents. Intel partners in the medical imaging space stepped up to use CT and X-ray scanning machines to help diagnose and triage patients with COVID-19. Using artificial intelligence (AI), these machines were able to determine the presence and severity of COVID-19 and facilitate a treatment plan when tests weren’t readily available. This paved the way for organizations to create diverse datasets for more accurate diagnoses. UC San Francisco leveraged Intel® SGX to deploy a confidential computing platform that will help protect both the algorithms and privacy of healthcare data when building AI models.
Treat: Telehealth solutions enabled access to medical care while minimizing the risk for patients and clinicians. Intel worked with
Prevent: Our projects targeted patient and provider needs along with work in research and therapeutic development. This included partnering with our customers to provide high performance compute (HPC) resources for COVID-19 research as well as research projects that go beyond the current pandemic.
Connect, Engage and Evolve Education
The immediate needs in the education space during the pandemic were very clear: Children needed devices and connectivity to stay in school. As we worked to provide devices to students, we learned that focusing on connectivity alone would be a “maintenance-only” solution. We wanted students to actually advance. We partnered with schools, ecosystem partners, local governments, teachers and device manufacturers to make a difference through a solutions-led approach.
Connect: The PRTI engaged in many opportunities to distribute laptops and bolster connectivity in communities around the world. With the Intel® Online Learning Initiative, we were able to serve a million students globally. In the
Among the students awarded were cadets from the Airforce JROTC program at
Through our work with the
Evolve: One of our most exciting education projects focused on the crucial emotional support teachers provide. District Zero is a
Protect, Adapt and Enable the Economy
Throughout the year, we looked at multiple factors contributing to the economic downturn. The common theme was safety, whether it’s developing solutions that make it safe for businesses to open, minimizing the risk to patrons or investing in solutions that help deliver a more resilient economy when the next global health crisis occurs.
Protect: Citywide quarantines and stay-at-home orders are a last resort designed to stop the spread of contagious disease, but even with these protective measures in place, businesses need to be able to open safely to serve essential needs. The PRTI invested in several projects designed to make buildings safer during the pandemic, including AI-enabled occupancy and social distancing controls with Johnson Controls. The solution trades human observation monitoring of social distancing for environmental data and sensors to optimize air quality and physical distancing analysis.
Adapt: Helping businesses adapt to facilitate essential activities is key to economic recovery. While movement and travel were greatly limited by the pandemic, they cannot be eliminated completely.
Enable: Investing in solutions offers a degree of resilience against the future spread of disease and pandemics. With funding from Intel,
A New Path for Positive Impact with the IRTI
Key to the success of the PRTI projects are the scores of Intel experts working with partners to understand the heart of the issues and provide tailored solutions that yield real results. You can see a map of our global impact with the PRTI here. Watch for this map to grow as we continue this work through the IRTI. The work has already started with the IRTI, and we’re looking forward to sharing more throughout the year. Visit the website for more information.