AI

By Dave Muoio September 18, 2017
Engineers participating in a hackathon last weekend demonstrated an artificial intelligence that they say could someday detect cancerous moles, TechCrunch reports. Although the program is currently in its infancy, the team hopes that enough user submissions could allow Doctor Hazel to predict skin cancer with at least 90 percent accuracy. After one day and thousands of image downloads, the AI is...
By Jonah Comstock September 12, 2017
Ieso Digital Health, a Cambridge, UK-based digital behavioral health company, has raised $24 million in a new round of funding led by European VC firms Draper Esprit and Touchstone Innovations. The company offers cognitive behavioral therapy via text-based messaging that takes place in a secure virtual room. Ieso collects data from sessions and uses machine learning to continue training its...
By Jonah Comstock August 24, 2017
Walter DeBrouwer, the Belgian inventor who founded Scanadu, the sometimes controversial personal medical scanner company, is coming out of stealth mode with his new venture: an AI-powered “robodoctor” (his words) called doc.ai. “What I really liked to do at Scanadu was machine learning, the math and the machine learning,” DeBrouwer told MobiHealthNews. “I didn’t like the hardware. I had to do it...
By Bradley Merrill Thompson August 23, 2017
There seems to be a modern day gold rush as companies explore how to use machine learning in clinical decision support software. Unfortunately for libertarians, FDA will regulate some of that software because of its risk profile. While the 21st Century Cures Act that passed last December exempted certain CDS from regulation and indeed FDA intends to exempt even more, FDA will continue to regulate...
By Jonah Comstock August 9, 2017
Buoy Health, makers of a machine learning-powered next generation symptom checker, has raised $6.7 million in a round co-led by F Prime (the venture arm of Fidelity) and an undisclosed strategic investor in the payer space. FundRx and various angel investors also contributed. "The unfortunate thing about trying to use Google [for symptoms] is the information you find is the information you find...
By Jeff Lagasse August 8, 2017
Kavya Kopparapu might be considered something of a “whiz kid.” After all, she had yet to enter her senior year of high school when she started Eyeagnosis, a smartphone app and 3D-printed lens that allows patients to be screened for diabetic retinopathy with a quick photo, avoiding the time and expense of a typical diagnostic procedure.   In June 2016, Kopparapu’s grandfather had recently been...
By Jonah Comstock July 11, 2017
A team of researchers from Stanford University, working with cardiac monitoring company iRhythm, have created an AI algorithm that, in a small proof-of-concept trial, outperformed board-certified cardiologists at identifying various types of arrhythmias from ECGs. The results have been published to arXiv, an online archive for scientific papers, but have not yet appeared in a peer-reviewed...
By Mike Miliard June 22, 2017
Artificial intelligence "is rewiring our modern conception of healthcare delivery," according to a new Accenture report that shows an array of clinical AI applications are already well on their way to saving the industry $150 billion over the next 10 years. In the shorter term, the report forecasts a 40 percent compound annual growth rate between now and 2021, with acquisitions of AI startups...
By Jonah Comstock June 16, 2017
Earlier this week, Figure 1, a medical image-sharing network often referred to as an Instagram for doctors, raised $10 million in Series B funding. To some extent, that funding is going into ramping up the already impressive growth of the platform. But the company also has big plans to add some additional features: Fast Company reported on Figure 1’s AI plans this week, and CEO Gregory Levey told...
By Heather Mack June 6, 2017
There’s a new chatbot in town, and it only wants to talk about mental health. Meet Woebot, now available to anyone via Facebook Messenger looking for some supportive talk to deal with anxiety or depression. Rather than augmenting a real therapist or even a non-clinical person, Woebot is wholly robotic; open to engage with an individual as often or as little as they want depending on their needs....