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By Dave Muoio February 2, 2018
As the calendar turns to February, the beleaguered US healthcare system continues to battle an influenza season considered by Centers for Disease Control and Surveillance officials to be among the worst of this decade. According to the public health agency’s most recent numbers, which include all cases of the disease reported to the CDC by January 20, this year’s flu season has seen a total of 11...
By Laura Lovett January 30, 2018
Communicating with patients can be tough. Reminder pamphlets often go straight into the rubbish and emails are deleted before they are read. But one doctor found that chatbots could be a key to patient outreach.  Brett Swenson, MD, is no stranger to digital health. He runs a concierge practice in Arizona and started working with EMRs about 20 years ago when they were first introduced. He said he...
By Jonah Comstock November 30, 2017
Telemedicine company MDLive launched Sophie, an AI-powered chatbot, this week. Though the chatbot is currently usable only for registration, the company has big plans to build out its functionality into a full-featured personal health assistant. “The biggest obstacle that we have … has been to get a member who has eligibility for this benefit that we are providing — to get immediate access to...
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 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....
By Heather Mack May 17, 2017
San Francisco-based Conversa, makers of a healthcare conversation platform, has raised $8 million in Series A funding to expand its product offerings and build up its clinical conversation library. Northwell Ventures, the funding arm of New York healthcare system Northwell Health, led the round, with contribution from Epic Ventures and Healthgrades. Conversa’s Conversation Platform aims to help...
By Jonah Comstock April 25, 2017
UK-based health chatbot company babylon, which raised $25 million in early 2016, has raised an additional $60 million in funding. While the company didn't disclose the investors, TechCrunch and Financial Times report that the round included Sawiris, an Egyptian billionaire business family, NNS holdings, Vostok New Ventures, and existing backers Kinnevik. They also report that the company's total...
By Heather Mack March 22, 2017
The University of Essex has a plan to save the National Health Services billions of pounds per year: outsource treatment of minor ailments to a fleet of automated, AI-powered general practitioners, available right on a smartphone. Through a partnership with digital and social media company Orbital Media and Innovate UK, a group of developers, data scientists and research will collaborate for 30...
By Heather Mack March 14, 2017
Millions of people around the world are living with arthritis. In the United States alone, the Centers for Disease Control puts that figure at nearly 23 million, or one in every four adults. But as common as it is, arthritis is actually just one word used to describe the joint inflammation associated with over 200 musculoskeletal conditions that affect everyone differently. This means people who...
February 20, 2017
Microsoft and UPMC have partnered to improve healthcare delivery through a series of projects, Microsoft announced Thursday. The health system will work on Microsoft's Healthcare NExT Initiative, which will focus on clinician empowerment and productivity with AI, officials said. The companies will work together to develop new tools that will first be implemented at UPMC before it hits the market...