Friday, October 30, 2020
Cytokines are small proteins in the body that regulate the immune system. A cytokine storm causes these proteins to fail in properly regulating the immune system. The immune system goes into over-drive and begins attacking the body. There are many pathways into the cytokine storm from a variety of conditions: Sepsis, organ transplant rejection, viruses like COVID-19 and many others. As the storm builds, there are variables that can be analyzed to understand its development, size and pathway. It is very similar to the process to predict a hurricane or tornado. Prior to a hurricane/tornado there are notable changes in variables: Barometric pressure, temperature, wind, rain, etc., that can be assessed to understand the size and pathway of the impending storm.
Teradata recently prototyped a system that used Advanced Analytics to Predict the Onset of a Cytokine Storm solution to help the fight against the virus. A team of data scientists, clinicians and engineers set out to build a model that could use a similar conceptual process to the national weather service’s storm tracking of hurricanes.
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