Automatic COVID‑19 pregnant patient prognosis algorithm

Sussman, Dafna | $36,000

Ontario Ryerson University 2020 NSERC Alliance COVID-19 Grant

Our society’s ability to recover from the COVID‑19 pandemic, preserve patient lives, and resume normal routines depends on our ability to not only diagnose early, but also to predict which patients are at high risk of severe life-threatening complications and would, therefore, benefit from early intervention. Our ability to predict this becomes extremely more challenging in the case of pregnant patients, whose immunity is altered, leading to various and different manifestations and progression of their disease. To better understand the progression of COVID‑19 in the pregnant population, we require a large data repository of prior pregnant COVID‑19 cases, which is currently unavailable.

To address this, our short term aim is to create a large COVID‑19 in pregnancy repository from National and International sources, while ensuring there is no data duplication.

Once a repository is created, it will still be very challenging to analyze the dataset manually due to non-trivial relationships between patient symptoms, clinical results, and disease outcomes. Thus, our aim is to use advanced artificial intelligence approaches with our large data repository to create a fast and reliable COVID‑19 disease prognostication system for pregnant patients while accounting for possible changes in the virus’ behaviour over time.

As a final stage in this project, we will bring the algorithm into clinical use at Mount Sinai Hospital, one of the largest obstetric hospitals in Canada and North America, and to all Ontario partner hospitals.

The repository together with the algorithm are expected to radically transform Canadian and, potentially, international healthcare providers’ ability to identify, manage and treat cases of COVID‑19 in pregnant patients. They will provide us with a deeper understanding of the interactions between the various pregnant patient parameters in dictating disease outcome.

With funding from the Government of Canada

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