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Shoshana Feld-Sobol
12-28-2020
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COVID-19
Neura’s COVID-19 Emergency Response System: 3 Strategic Solutions

At the start of 2020, Coronavirus went from a passing curiosity to the most formidable challenge of our lifetime. Early on, Neura recognized the immense value of behavioral data in order to enable life-saving decisions to protect against spread and transmission of the virus. Our COVID-19 Emergency Response System was developed to do exactly that. 

By fusing epidemiological data with anonymous and aggregated behavioral data, our system analyzes and detects seeding and spreading indicators that appear 10-17 days prior to infection. That critical early warning period is the golden opportunity for containing the virus and the only way to cut the infection chain.

Flattening the curve of coronavirus and protecting civilians continues to be a top priority for governments, HMOs, and health organizations, looking to mitigate both the human and economic toll of the pandemic. 

Policymakers, healthcare professionals, and businesses use Neura’s real-time insights to monitor, control, and predict the spread of COVID-19 in three ways:

  1. Insights dashboard for real-time visibility into COVID-19 spread
  2. Pool testing prediction for faster and more accurate pool testing
  3. Workforce prioritization testing to ensure a safe working environment for critical employees

Comprehensive Dashboard

Our COVID-19 dashboard shines a light on the key indicators of coronavirus spread and detection, providing unparalleled insights vis-a-vis transmission. This unprecedented visibility fundamentally changes policymaking and enactment of regulation into data-backed directives, allowing for the smart and highly targeted allocation of resources. 

Neura can indicate where more first responders are needed and which neighborhoods are seeing an influx of return from abroad travelers. It can also provide an overview of intra and inter-city behavior and movement, as well as other key indicators such as risk score, density mapping, social-distancing adherence, and more. Those insights are subsequently leveraged to aptly apply preventative measures against coronavirus’ spread. 

Predictive Pool Testing

Predictive pool testing is the only way to ensure both fast and highly accurate testing. Our solution works to ensure that municipalities and countries can conduct efficient, accurate testing of far more residents faster with the same amount of resources. Neura’s predictive insights enable health organizations to provide superior testing results with the minimum possible expenditure.

Testing is an integral part of monitoring and controlling the spread of coronavirus, ensuring that positive carriers, whether asymptomatic or not, are identified, and the appropriate measures are taken to put an end to the chain of infection.

Neura’s pool testing solution has singularly impressive results that have been validated in the field. One of the world’s top three largest HMOs deployed the solution and achieved  98.6% testing accuracy when predicting COVID-19 negative results for inclusion in pool testing. Even in an environment of over 12% positive rate, Neura was able to create batches for pooling, with no more than 2% positive infection rate per bin; this resulted in a six times higher efficiency in pool testing.  

We’re able to do this by providing a risk score for each test, then correctly allocating them to the appropriate bin based on their score.

Client View:   

“By leveraging Neura’s ViruScore™ solution, we are able to pool tests far more effectively, delivering much faster results, while helping to conserve supplies of vital testing kits; it has been an absolute and unequivocal breakthrough,” said Tsofnat Cohen Lubetzky, Head of Business Development at Hylabs.

Neura created the optimal environment for pool testing enabling the launch of country-wide pool testing capabilities. 

Workforce Ranking Prioritization

Neura is currently deployed in one of the world’s leading hospitals, accurately assigning 26% of test cycles to identify over 80% of departments and individuals that were at high risk for infection. This has been proven to significantly cut infection chains, protecting personnel, patients, and visitors.  

Furthermore, Neura provides a comprehensive solution for hospitals and other organizations that require frequent Coronavirus testing for employees. Our solution computes a comprehensive risk score based on behavioral intelligence and personal health indicators to rank and group tests; 50% positive results were detected using just 15% of the test kits. 

Neura-enabled testing allows the efficient utilization of resources, increasing the amount and speed of test cycles, and maintaining business continuity with Neura’s COVID-19 risk score ranks.  

The solution we provide is predictive and preemptive allocation of COVID-19 mitigation resources, more efficient data-driven decision making, proper allocation of resources, increased testing capacity, and greater workforce safety. 

ViruSafe:

ViruSafe details safety information pertaining to your geographic location or the location you’re planning to visit. The platform works by typing in an address and searching for your desired location –  once a location is detected, a safety index shows the risk of the area down to the building level. 

We’re able to do this by transforming anonymous, aggregated sensory mobile phone data and real-life behavioral distribution patterns with epidemiological data points. When combined with machine learning algorithms, it gives visibility into transmission areas. 

Our platform calculates transmission rates, enabling people to make data-driven decisions and better protect themselves from infection, even if it’s just to get some take-out. 

Collective educated action is enabled with the power to change the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic and limit exposure until vaccinations are broadly administered.

Testing is an integral part of monitoring and controlling the spread of coronavirus, and ensuring that people who are infected with the virus, whether asymptomatic or not, are identified so that the appropriate measures can be taken to quarantine quickly and stop the chain of infection.

In order to use our platform to help here, Neura worked with one of the world’s top three largest HMOs and had a 98.6% accuracy when predicting COVID-19 negative results for inclusion in pool testing. Even in an environment of over 12% positive rate, Neura was able to create significant batches for pooling, with no more than 2% positive infection rate per bin; this resulted in a 6 times higher efficiency in pool testing.  

We’re able to do this by providing a risk score for each test, then correctly allocating them to the appropriate bin based on their score.   

“By leveraging Neura’s ViruScore™ solution, we are able to pool tests far more effectively, delivering much faster results, while helping to conserve supplies of vital testing kits, it has been an absolute and unequivocal breakthrough.” said Tsofnat Cohen Lubetzky, Head of Business Development at Hylabs.

As such Neura created the optimal environment for pool testing enabling the launch of country wide pool testing capabilities. 

Workforce Ranking Prioritization

For COVID-19 workforce risk prioritization, Neura has been working with a top country level hospital and accurately assigning 26% of test cycles to identify over 80% of departments and individuals that were at high risk for infection. This has been proven to significantly cut infection chains, protecting the personnel, patients, and visitors.  

Furthermore, Neura provides a comprehensive solution for hospitals and other organizations that require frequent coronavirus testing for employees. Our solution computes a comprehensive risk score based on behavioral intelligence and personal health indicators to rank and group tests; 50% positive results detected using just 15% of the test kits. 

This allows the efficient utilization of resources, increasing the amount and speed of test cycles, and maintaining business continuity with Neura’s COVID-19 risk score ranks.  

The solution we provide is predictive and preemptive allocation of COVID-19 mitigation resources, more efficient data-driven decision making, proper allocation of resources, increased testing capacity, and greater workforce safety. 

ViruSafe:

ViruSafe provides safety information about your geographic location, or the location you’re planning on going. The platform works by typing in an address and searching for your desired location –  once a location is detected, a safety index shows the risk of the area down to the building level. 

We’re able to do this by transforming anonymous, aggregated sensory mobile phone data and real-life behavioral distribution patterns with epidemiological data points, which when combined with machine learning algorithms, gives visibility into transmission areas. 

Our platform calculates transmission rates, enabling people to make data-driven decisions and better protect themselves from infection, even if it’s just to get some take-out. 

Collective educated action is enabled with the power to change the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic and limit exposure until vaccinations are broadly administered. 

Conclusion:

Neura’s COVID-19 Emergency Response System shines a light on COVID-19 transmission giving governments, municipalities, and health organizations alike the tools to make smarter decisions together and collectively avoid transmission. Merging epidemiological insights with digital technology is the only way to make impactful decisions based on statistics and a wide breadth of data. 

These insights are systematically changing the trajectory of the pandemic, helping make micro and macro-level beneficial impacts on the public’s safety and economic livelihood. 

Even when COVID-19 is behind us, an in-depth understanding of population movement patterns from behavioral intelligence will remain essential for containing the next outbreak and defending against another global pandemic.