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FOR THE HEALTH OF PEOPLE: EQUITY
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“The work [with Synaptiq] is unprecedented in its scale and potential impact,” Mortenson Center’s Managing Director Laura MacDonald MacDonald said. “It ties together our center’s strengths in impact evaluation and sensor deployment to generate evidence that informs development tools, policy, and practice.” 
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    DATA STRATEGY
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    A startup in digital health trained a risk model to open up a robust, precise, and scalable processing pipeline so providers could move faster, and patients could move with confidence after spinal surgery. 
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      PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS
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      Thwart errors, relieve in-take form exhaustion, and build a more accurate data picture for patients in chronic pain? Those who prefer the natural albeit comprehensive path to health and wellness said: sign me up. 
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        MACHINE VISION
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        Using a dynamic machine vision solution for detecting plaques in the carotid artery and providing care teams with rapid answers, saves lives with early disease detection and monitoring. 
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          INTELLIGENT AUTOMATION
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          This global law firm needed to be fast, adaptive, and provide unrivaled client service under pressure, intelligent automation did just that plus it made time for what matters most: meaningful human interactions. 
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                  AI in Construction Could be the Key to Pandemic-Proofing our Public Health Infrastructure

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                  AI Will Prepare Us for the Next Pandemic

                  We witnessed the consequences of a global underinvestment in public health when COVID-19 struck healthcare systems in January 2020. Vaccine developers, manufacturers, and distributors fell far short of targets set by COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (better known as “COVAX") and the World Health Organization. Had they been met, researchers estimate that 45 percent of COVID-19 deaths in low-income countries could have been averted. [1] That’s not to mention the untold number of deaths in low and high-income countries that could have been prevented if public health infrastructure had the capacity and accessibility to treat everyone needing care.

                  Investment in public health has spiked in response to COVID-19, but it’s a race against time. Variants and new pathogens with pandemic potential (such as monkeypox) keep burnt-out healthcare systems working without respite. Meanwhile, many communities, particularly the marginalized, lack access to even basic care. 

                  One obstacle to pandemic-proofing public health infrastructure is construction. Expanding the access to and capacity of this infrastructure means building more of it. However, public health construction projects exhibit a strong tendency to run over budget, which helps explain the reluctance to fund them before COVID-19. [2][3] Pandemic fallout has galvanized investors to overcome this reluctance, but the root of the problem remains:

                  How do construction companies quickly build urgently needed public health infrastructure without bankrupting the very healthcare systems that they are working to fortify?

                  The answer is artificial intelligence (AI). Not long ago, it was science fiction, but today, AI is helping construction companies strengthen public health infrastructure while staying on budget and managing COVID-19 concerns. 

                  Predictive Analytics: Accurate Cost-Estimation

                  A predictive analytics model uses machine learning to analyze past data and predict future outcomes. Construction companies can use predictive analytics to make more accurate project-cost estimations. Researchers reviewed 27 studies on the use of predictive analytics models for construction-cost estimation and reported that the models exhibited higher accuracy than traditional techniques such as the floor area method. [4]

                  Predictive analytics can empower investors to fund public health construction by enabling more accurate cost estimation. In fact, Synaptiq has helped a construction client leverage predictive analytics for this purpose.

                  Machine Vision: Keeping Workers Healthy

                  A machine vision model uses machine learning to interpret visual data and output desired insights. Construction companies can use machine vision to monitor masking on worksites, which can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. A study found that a mask-detecting machine vision model performed 96 percent accurately on real sites. [5]

                  The Centers for Disease Control advises that “COVID-19 is airborne and spread by respiratory droplets.” Masking can reduce COVID-19 infection risk by up to 65 percent by preventing these droplets from reaching the nose and mouth. [6] Thus, machine vision can protect on-site construction workers from COVID-19 by ensuring mask use. 

                  Synaptiq can attest to the efficacy of machine vision for construction — and not only for mask detection. We developed a machine vision model to track movement on site, alert the appropriate personnel when a shipment arrives, warn supervisors when a worker isn’t wearing personal protective equipment, and more.

                  You can learn more about that project here.

                  The Future of Public Health Infrastructure

                  It’s now or never for the construction industry to embrace innovation. We need to strengthen public health infrastructure and reduce the transmission rates of COVID-19 (and other pathogens). Construction companies want to win contracts and raise their profit margins. AI can serve these goals by empowering construction companies and their public health clients with more accurate cost estimations and healthier worksites.

                   

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                  About Synaptiq

                  Synaptiq is an AI and data science consultancy based in Portland, Oregon. We collaborate with our clients to develop human-centered products and solutions. We uphold a strong commitment to ethics and innovation. 

                  Contact us if you have a problem to solve, a process to refine, or a question to ask.

                  You can learn more about our story through our past projects, blog, or podcast

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