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By Jonah Comstock November 14, 2018
Computer vision has great promise for helping to democratize fields like wound care, dermatology and more. However, as companies explore this potential, they’re also discovering a number of challenges to overcome. The data problem “Getting the data is really the biggest challenge, not the AI,” Karen Panetta, IEEE fellow and dean of graduate engineering at Tufts University who studies AI use cases...
By Jonah Comstock November 14, 2018
Diabetes management company Virta Health announced today that the company will offer its service to employers and health plans at 100 percent risk — that is, customers will only pay if the company succeeds in its goal of reversing Type 2 diabetes and getting patients off of expensive diabetes medications. “Whoever pays the healthcare bill today, we say to them, 'Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could...
By Dave Muoio November 14, 2018
Virtual care provider Teladoc Health recently highlighted two major collaborations with academic institutions focused on the advancement of telehealth delivery and practices. The first of these, conducted with Pennsylvania-based Jefferson Health, launched what the pair consider to be “the industry’s first academic fellowship program in the field of telehealth.” The program, which launched during...

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By Jonah Comstock November 13, 2018
One promising area in which artificial intelligence is rapidly advancing is computer vision, algorithms which process images. Healthcare entrepreneurs are in the midst of turning this technology toward healthcare, where algorithms can identify rashes and lesions, measure and analyze wounds, and bring colorimetric testing into the home — all using photos or short videos snapped by our smartphones...
By Dave Muoio November 13, 2018
The National Institutes of Health’s support of digital health technologies and research continues with its latest grant, a $13.4 million award to Pennsylvania State University. According to an article from Penn State’s news group, the money will support an investigation that uses mobile devices and applications to explore the development of late-in-life neurological conditions. In addition, the...
By Dave Muoio November 12, 2018
New data from an international study of AliveCor’s smartphone app and accompanying two-wire ECG found the mobile tool to be on par with a standard 12-lead ECG among patients presenting with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). In the study — which was conducted in conjunction with AliveCor and presented this weekend at the American Heart Association’s 2018 Scientific Session in...