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By Dave Muoio February 14, 2019
Palo Alto, California-based AI diagnostic maker Pr3vent, Inc. has closed a Series A funding round led by InFocus Capital Partners. While Pr3vent did not disclose the investment amount in its announcement, MedCityNews pegs the round at $1.5 million. The latest fundraising comes hot off of the heels of Pr3vent’s seed round, which raised $1 million back in October. What they do Pr3vent is building...
By Jonah Comstock February 13, 2019
Artificial intelligence and machine learning have crossed the threshold from theory and pilots to real implementations in hospitals. But the reality of machine learning’s role is a bit different from the idyllic vision of IBM Watson reading the New England Journal of Medicine and setting a care plan, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CIO Dr. John Halamka said in a talk today at the Innovation...
By Jonah Comstock January 7, 2019
According to a new study published this morning in Nature, an algorithm trained via a deep neural network has been able to perform on par with board-certified cardiologists at the annotation of 12 different types of heart rhythms. Researchers from Stanford University and iRhythm collaborated for the study, which detailed an algorithm trained on 91,232 30-second single-lead ECG readings from 53,...
By Dave Muoio November 28, 2018
Amazon Web Services has unveiled a new machine learning tool that looks to help healthcare industry developers process bodies of unstructured medical text. Called Amazon Comprehend Medical, the HIPAA-eligible service is able to pull out medically-relevant information such as patient diagnoses, symptoms, medical test details, treatments and dosages, while simultaneously highlighting any protected...
By Dave Muoio November 26, 2018
Monitoring and automatically identifying the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease patients can be achieved using just a single soft wearable sensor placed on the back of the hand, according to an investigation recently published in NPJ Digital Medicine that sought to optimize such methods of data collection. According to the researchers — who employed 20 participants, six different sensors and...
By HIMSS TV November 4, 2018
In November we delve into the ways AI and machine learning have already taken root in healthcare and examine the promise and threats of AI.
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...

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