Google I/O 2018 highlights AI health projects

Google has unleashed a tidal wave of product and feature updates through the ongoing Google I/O developers’ conference, and it’s no surprise that the intersection of artificial intelligence and healthcare was a recurring spotlight among them. Through keynote speeches and simultaneously released online blog posts, the company highlighted a handful of tech-driven healthcare efforts that seem to be bearing fruit.

Digital health news briefs for 5/9/2018

Slavitt's new gig. Former CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt is heading up Town Hall Ventures, a new healthcare investing group that officially launched yesterday. Slavitt will be joined by Trevor Price, founder of Oxeon Holdings, a retained executive search and investment firm; and David Whelan, who managed Oxeon's previous firm Oxeon Ventures. The firm already has several investments including Cityblock Health, Somatus, Welbe Health, and Aetion. 

Kessler Foundation, Virtualware team up to create VR tool for stroke patients

Patients often have a long and difficult  road to recovery following a stroke, but now developers are turning to virtual reality to assist in their therapy. 

Rehabilitation research group the Kessler Foundation and immersive interactive technologies company Virtualware are teaming up to develop a VR-based treatment for spatial neglect in stroke patients. 

Akili collects $55M to support pipeline development, regulatory submission

This morning, Boston-based Akili Interactive Labs announced the closure of a $55 million Series C funding round. The investment was led by Temasek, with participation from Baillie Gifford, Amgen Ventures, M Ventures, JAZZ Venture Partners, Canepa Advanced Healthcare Fund, and Brooklands Capital Strategies.