AI

By Dave Muoio December 5, 2017
Last week, hundreds of digital health entrepreneurs, investors, and executives met in Boston for the annual Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit. Among the more frequently discussed trends and technologies was artificial intelligence — its promise, its stumbles, and how it should be implemented to best serve healthcare. “I started marketing Watson for Oncology in January of 2016. I’m almost...
By Jonah Comstock November 29, 2017
Prognos, the healthcare AI company that was known as Medivo until a major pivot in January, has raised $20.5 million in new funding according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Cigna, Guardian Life Insurance, Hermed, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Maywic, Merck Global Health Innovation Fund, and Safeguard Scientifics all contributed to the round, which brings the company's total funding to $42...
By Jonah Comstock November 28, 2017
Facebook is ramping up both its human response efforts for suicide threats or high-risk postings, and its use of artificial intelligence to identify such risks, the company wrote in a new blog post yesterday. "Over the last month, we’ve worked with first responders on over 100 wellness checks based on reports we received via our proactive detection efforts," VP of Product Management Guy Rosen...
By Laura Lovett November 10, 2017
A new study reveals that artificial intelligence could be a useful tool to help patients prevent Type 2 diabetes. The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, showed that patients at risk of Type 2 diabetes who used the Lark Weight Loss Health Coach AI, dropped 2.38 percent of their baseline weight and increase the percentage of healthful meals they ate by 31 percent.  “I’m...
By Jonah Comstock October 30, 2017
London and Berlin-based, AI-powered health app maker Ada Health has raised $47 million (40 million euro) in a funding round led by global investment group Access Industries. June Fund, Cumberland VC, and entrepreneur William Tunstall-Pedoe also contributed along with existing investors. Ada Health officially launched its app back in April after a soft launch in late 2016 and six years of research...
By Bill Siwicki October 26, 2017
Medical appointment booking app Zocdoc has launched Insurance Checker, a new feature powered by artificial intelligence for its iOS and Android mobile apps and for its mobile website. Seeking to ease a process pain point common for both patients and providers, Insurance Checker targets deciphering, understanding, and verifying health insurance. For healthcare provider organizations, getting...
By Jonah Comstock October 3, 2017
Investors at GE Ventures, Sanofi Ventures, and Nexus Venture Partners turned up at Health 2.0 in Santa Clara, California this week to deliver a reality check about some of the innovations coming down the pipe in health tech. “If you’re an early stage company looking for funding, make sure your deck says you do AI,” Iana Dimkova, director of healthcare investing at GE Ventures, joked. “It doesn’t...
By Dave Muoio October 2, 2017
A number of chatbot offerings were demoed at a special AI-focused session of the Health 2.0 annual conference in Santa Clara, California on Monday. Although each had a unique take on how best to insert smart conversations into patient care, the growing number of these technologies suggests a clear trend, panel moderator and Chief Product Officer at Seniorlink George Kassabgi suggested. “We’re in...
By Dave Muoio September 26, 2017
Patients deciding the next step of their care may soon be doing so with the help of an AI on their phone. Today, Insightin Health — a Gaithersburg, Maryland-based company that develops a data-based clinical decision-making platform — announced that it has launched a consumer-facing version of its machine learning-based service, which presents all of a user's health data and future options via a...
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...

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