AI

By Dave Muoio 10:37 am November 12, 2020
Amazon has rolled out a slew of new features for its Alexa personal assistant that will help U.S. users check in on an aging family member from afar. Called the Care Hub, the features allow users to program a set of activity alerts that are delivered from an in-home Alexa-enabled device to the caregiver's Alexa app. These can include a heads up when a senior first uses their Alexa device each day...
By Dave Muoio 02:06 pm November 4, 2020
MIT researchers have developed an artificial intelligence tool that listens to a person's coughing to determine whether or not they may have COVID-19, regardless if they are or are not symptomatic, according to research published last week in IEEE Open Journal of Engineering. To build it, the researchers solicited audio recordings of individuals coughing and accompanying information about their...
genomics, AI

Credit: Eagle Genomics

By Sophie Porter 02:47 am October 28, 2020
Eagle Genomics, a medtech company pioneering the application of network science to microbiome biology, has closed a round of $9 million (€7.6m) scale-up funding. The funding was led by the Environmental Technologies Fund (ETF) and a consortium of investors headed by Granpool Innovative Investments and including Albert-László Barabási, bpd partners and Anatom Holding. The funding will allow the...
By Dave Muoio 12:28 pm October 21, 2020
The past couple of days have seen a handful of artificial intelligence algorithms for radiology imaging analysis receive 510(k) clearances from the FDA. Two of these, from Quantib and Ezra, are focused on the relatively untouched area of prostate cancer screening, while a third, from Aidoc, targets incidental pulmonary embolism. Quantib's software delivers an in-workflow assessment of prostate...
By Dr. Liz Kwo 12:00 pm September 11, 2020
About the author: Dr. Liz Kwo is currently the staff VP of clinical data analytics at Anthem, and previously cofounded and served as CEO of telemedicine second opinion company InfiniteMD. She received an MD from Harvard Medical, an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. COVID-19 has reshaped the way humans interact with technology in...
By Dave Muoio 04:15 pm August 12, 2020
A new investigation of roughly two million Medicare beneficiary claims suggests that machine learning (ML) could be used to predict which patients are at greatest risk of severe respiratory infections, and to place them in more appropriate care facilities in their area. The study was published online in the American Journal of Managed Care and funded by the HEALTH[at]SCALE Corporation, a...
By Dave Muoio 11:12 am August 5, 2020
Sight Diagnostics, an Israeli startup developing a machine-vision-based finger-prick analysis device, announced today $71 million in Series D funding. Koch Disruptive Technologies, Longliv Ventures and OurCrowd all participated in the round. According to the company, this newest raise brings its lifetime funding to more than $124 million. WHAT IT DOES Founded in 2011, Sight Diagnostics offers an...

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By Rachel McArthur 08:28 am July 20, 2020
A South Korean artificial intelligence (AI) medical software solution is making its way to Saudi Arabia, it has been confirmed. Dr. Answer – a government-supported tool designed to “offer doctors accurate medical diagnosis by identifying abnormalities in body fluids and tissues” – will undergo clinical trials in the Kingdom. According to a Korean government spokesperson, it is the first time Dr....
By Laura Lovett 02:59 pm May 28, 2020
When it comes to regions around the world where health tech is in full bloom, it would be hard not to mention Israel. Today we are seeing a rise of health IT innovation and digital health companies rising from this relatively small country in the Middle East.  That is also true when it comes to the country’s largest healthcare organization, Clalit Health Services, which is combining its swaths of...
By Dave Muoio 12:21 pm May 26, 2020
insitro and Exscientia, two platforms using artificial intelligence to drive the discovery of new drugs, announced this morning the raise of $143 million and $60 million, respectively, from investors. insitro's oversubscribed Series B round was headed by Andreessen Horowitz, and joined by new backers Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, T. Rowe Price Associates, BlackRock, Casdin Capital, HOF...