Hadas Bitran has been passionate about healthcare ever since she can remember. Discover how she combined her technical expertise and love of medicine to help coronavirus frontline health workers around the world.
I have been into computer science and technology from the age of 12. I also wanted to be a doctor. But I chose the technology path because I was good at it. Later in life, I came to regret that decision because my biggest aspiration is to help people. When I saw how Microsoft was using AI in healthcare, I found the perfect opportunity to marry my passions.
Making a dream come true
I formed a team that focuses on AI research and discovery in healthcare. Every single person on my team is here because they want to build technology that can solve real problems for humanity. When COVID-19 came, we saw that healthcare workers were overwhelmed around the world. We wanted to help.
Creating real-time solutions
We created the Coronavirus Self-Checker bot so people could evaluate their symptoms online and reduce the number of ER visits and nurse line calls. Then when we learned plasma from COVID-19 survivors could help treat sick patients, we joined the Plasma Alliance to help them use the health bot for their global effort to recruit plasma donors.
Being able to help people in this global health care crisis is really inspiring for us. We want to make a difference. That is why we are here. And even if we help just one person, I will be happy. If you tested positive for COVID-19 or know someone who did, please spread the word and join us on the The Fight is in Us.
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