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By Jonah Comstock October 10, 2018
Barcelona-based Mediktor, which makes an app- and web-based symptom checker, has raised $3.46 million (€ 3 million) to support its continuing expansion into the US market. Alta Life Sciences led the round, with additional support from Castel Capital, Naos, and several other individual investors. Mediktor makes a non-diagnostic consumer-facing symptom checker for pre-diagnosis, triage, and...
By Dave Muoio and Laura Lovett October 9, 2018
A peak at Withings' next device? Rumor has it Withings is creating a new fitness tracker at a lower price point. Wearable reports  that a tracker listed by the company as Pulse HR in a recent FCC filing, which could indicate that it will have a heart rate monitor. For the last two year Withings has been part of Nokia’s digital health division. But the department faced challenges from the get go...
By Jonah Comstock October 2, 2018
Researchably, a young startup incubated at UC Berkeley, is conducting a pilot with Sanofi in China, using AI to sift through thousands of research studies and surface the most relevant ones to pharma stakeholders. “With Sanofi we’re working with a small medical communications team, and they’re in charge of every day reviewing 100 to 200 articles on Type 2 diabetes to then inform business units...
A dual console view of the da Vinci robot with a surgeon performing a robotic assisted surgery.

A dual console view of the da Vinci robot with a surgeon performing a robotic assisted surgery at The Royal Marsden Hospital. Photo by: Daniel Leal-Olivas, Getty Images

By Rebecca Ghani October 2, 2018
Putting aside sci-fi projections of the ‘rise of the machines’ and romantic visions of near-humanised droids, here we look at the current and future applications of artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) in surgery, and perhaps the most practical current tech application: augmented reality (AR). In the UK, the Royal College of Surgeons has launched an independent commission to...
By Dave Muoio September 4, 2018
Top-line data from the latest trial of ResApp’s smartphone-based diagnostic algorithm for respiratory diseases suggest that the machine learning tool’s conclusions generally align with clinical diagnoses when employed for younger patients. The double-blind, prospective Breathe-Easy pediatric study was conducted among a cohort of 585 Australian children whose ages ranged from 29 days to 12 years,...
By Laura Lovett September 4, 2018
With the flood of data pouring in from across the healthcare industry there are still a lot of questions surrounding how best to make sense of said data, and where to store the heaps of new information.  Justin Helmig, chief marketing officer at data management and precision medicine company LifeOmic, told Babyforyou.net.ua that both machine learning and cloud computing could be keys for this...
By Dave Muoio August 7, 2018
As more healthcare systems look to embrace big data and the benefits analytics-driven care strategies could bring, the need to build EHRs that can communicate patients’ health data without hassle is growing with each day. But despite growing awareness and billions in expenses, the issue of inadequate interoperability remains the albatross around healthcare IT’s neck, and one that is having a...
By Dave Muoio August 6, 2018
The early days of dermatology apps were fraught with controversy, but the more recent attempts at digital skin examinations have seen some success thanks to advances in machine learning (ML) technologies. But while the benefits of clinically-validated automated screenings are easy to imagine, a recent article published in JAMA Dermatology suggests that the training methods for these algorithms...
By Jonah Comstock July 30, 2018
Amsterdam-based skin cancer screening app SkinVision has raised $7.6 million in new funding from existing investors Leo Pharma and PHS Fund, with additional contributions from undisclosed new backers described by the company as "high net worth impact investors." This is the second major funding raise for the company, which launched in 2012 under the name Skin Scan, after a $3.4 million round in...
By Laura Lovett July 11, 2018
Alphabet subsidiary Verily is teaming up with well-known sleep company ResMed to form a new venture that will focus on developing sleep apnea treatments and connected health products.  The latest venture will look at the health and financial impacts of sleep apnea. The companies plan on developing new software that will have advanced analytics and machine learning capabilities, Dr. Carlos Nunez,...
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