The past three months have been quite challenging for all us and with Memorial Day weekend kicking off the summer season, we are all hopeful that we can start returning to a more normal environment. The team at PSI Molded Plastics wishes our customers, suppliers, colleagues and their families a safe, happy and healthy Memorial Day weekend. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to steady improvement as we navigate through these extraordinary times.
Happy May 1st! We hope that this new month shows strong improvement in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The PSI team wishes to thank all of our suppliers who have worked closely with us throughout these turbulent months. They have kept their operations going to supply vital raw materials, transportation and support services which in turn has allowed us to keep manufacturing and shipping product to our customers. We appreciate your efforts and look forward to brighter days in the near future.
To our customers, colleagues, suppliers and friends, the PSI Molded Plastics team wishes you and your families a happy and healthy Easter. Enjoy the weekend and together we will put this pandemic behind us.
PSI Molded Plastics salutes the innovators who are pitching in to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the country and around the world, businesses and individuals are working creatively to develop solutions that address the urgent needs of this crisis. These come in all areas and a recent HBR article shared a few of the recent innovations using artificial intelligence (AI) to improve care:
Partners HealthCare, a Massachusetts based healthcare provider who’s hospitals include Mass General, Brigham & Women’s and Wentworth-Douglass is challenged with how do you reassure people who do not need additional care, direct people with less serious symptoms to virtual care options and direct high risk patients to the appropriate resources. Building on an approach developed by Providence St. Joseph Health system in Seattle in collaboration with Microsoft, they created an online screener that provides a simple, straightforward chat interface, presenting patients with a series of questions based on content from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Partners HealthCare experts. It can screen enormous numbers of people and rapidly differentiate between those who might really be sick with Covid-19 and those who are likely to be suffering from less threatening ailments.
Florida’s Tampa General Hospital deployed an AI system in collaboration with Care.ai at its entrances to intercept individuals with potential Covid-19 symptoms from visiting patients. Through cameras positioned at entrances, the technology conducts a facial thermal scan and picks up on other symptoms, including sweat and discoloration, to ward off visitors with fever.
Putting AI in physical applications, China’s Wuhan Wuchang Hospital established a smart field hospital staffed largely by robots. Patient vital signs were monitored using connected thermometers and bracelet-like devices. Intelligent robots delivered medicine and food to patients, alleviating physician exposure to the virus and easing the workload of health care workers experiencing exhaustion.
Here's the link to the full article: https://hbr.org/2020/04/how-hospitals-are-using-ai-to-battle-covid-19
These developments are helping us to overcome this crisis and will provide tools that will benefit the healthcare system going forward. The old adage that necessity is the mother of invention is alive and well. Hats off to those creative problem solvers.
As we finish the month of March let’s take a moment to reflect on the past few weeks. It has been a time of great anxiety and radical change but also a time when we have seen people and organizations step forward and rise to the challenge. We are proud of our fellow employees at PSI Molded Plastics who continue to come to work every day to make sure that we are doing our part despite the concerns and challenges this pandemic has brought upon them. We are also proud to be supporting our customers who are working diligently to produce essential products that are much needed to keep our country on its feet. Importantly, we give special thanks and appreciation to the healthcare workers and emergency responders who are on the front line providing care and compassion to those who are ill and in need. Let's all continue to push forward with hopes that April brings a positive turn of events.
PSI Molded Plastics' facilities remain open for business. We are proud to be supplying essential businesses that are making products for our hospitals, medical research institutions, goods transportation industry, utilities and other critical functions that continue to work through this pandemic to keep us safe and healthy. Collectively we will work our way through this.
All PSI Molded Plastics manufacturing facilities in Indiana, New Hampshire and South Carolina are open and running. PSI Molded Plastics supports several CISA classified essential business customers with components that are vital to their end use products.