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By Jonah Comstock January 3, 2018
NHS set to offer AI system free to all hospitals. The BBC is reporting that new AI systems for interpreting cardiac and lung scans could save England's National Health Service a billion pounds. The cardiac system, called Ultromics, was developed at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital. It checks radiology scans for signs of heart disease and will be offered to hospitals starting this summer. The...
By Dave Muoio December 8, 2017
Microsoft may have pulled the plug on Kinect, but research applications for the gaming peripheral continue to trickle out. The latest, from University of Missouri researchers, constitutes a pair of studies suggesting that the technology can be used to power a cheaper alternative to the standard motion analysis equipment used by physical therapists and clinicians. "In testing the system, we are...
By Jonah Comstock October 26, 2017
Microsoft is discontinuing the Kinect, its pioneering 3D motion-sensing camera. FastCo broke the news that the company will no longer manufacture the device, though it will support existing devices for the time being. Though Kinect was a pioneer in the 3D motion-tracking space, other companies have stepped up in the meantime, and the technology has also been incorporated into platforms like...
By Jonah Comstock August 15, 2017
Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, a 247-bed medical center, has deployed Vocera’s hospital communications system, which allows doctors and nurses to communicate via secure texting on Vocera’s HIPAA-compliant mobile app. “We wanted a single solution that solved several of our communication needs– not just one or two of them. So, it made sense to look at Vocera,” Dr. John Heaton, SVP and chief...
By Heather Mack June 7, 2017
Sports-related talk may encourage one to go big (or go home), but sports-related injury assessment need not follow the same credo. At least, according to Philadelphia-based Trice Medical, which has developed a tiny, needle-based camera to triage joint injuries rather than doing so with a traditional MRI. The company just raised $19.3 million in Series C funding to take the device’s reach further...
By Heather Mack May 19, 2017
The days of claiming artificial intelligence as a feature that set one startup or company apart from the others are over. These days, one would be hard-pressed to find any technology company attracting venture funding or partnerships that doesn’t posit to use some form of machine learning. But for companies trying to innovate in healthcare using artificial intelligence, the stakes are...
By Heather Mack May 12, 2017
Virtual medical assistant company Sensely is collaborating with the Mayo Clinic to ascertain how to leverage patient engagement and chronic disease monitoring technology. The partnership will blend the Mayo Clinic’s triage algorithms and clinical expertise with Sensely’s patient engagement platform in hopes of assessing and predicting which resources can be best used at the right time to help...
By Heather Mack May 10, 2017
Microsoft HealthVault Insights, a research-based project using big data to generate deeper patient health insights to improve care, is bringing Validic’s data connectivity platform into the mix to better understand the engagement part of the equation. Validic’s platform will serve as a key backend component by enabling Microsoft to connect to some 400 clinical and consumer devices. By creating...
By Heather Mack March 6, 2017
By way of a contract with UK-based healthcare startup Cera, Uber will help facilitate faster patient care to those in England's National Health Service system by providing on-demand transportation for caregivers and patients between hospitals and homes. Cera originally launched the caregiver-patient matching service in November with a few smaller clinical organizations, and Uber acts as the...
By Heather Mack February 28, 2017
As innovative as some of the newer devices that capture health metrics may be, applying the word “fun” to their use may be a stretch. But Cigna, in partnership with Microsoft, wants to change that with the introduction of a new digital health tool called the BioBall: a handheld, electronic orb that works with a virtual reality headset to guide users through an interactive game while measuring a...