AI

Nick Hopkinson
By Nick Hopkinson August 6, 2018
The stated mission of Babylon is global and ambitious, “to put an accessible and affordable health service in the hands of every person on earth”. They seem to be making good progress. Already 30% of the population of Rwanda, over 2 million people, have accessed their app-based primary care services and a recent deal with Chinese firm Tencent puts Babylon’s AI into the hands of the one billion...
a mobile app for digital dermatology
By Jonah Comstock July 20, 2018
Alexander Börve’s company FirstDerm offers online consultations with board-certified dermatologists and a free product that uses AI to give users ideas about what their skin condition might be. But Börve’s background isn’t in dermatology. In fact he’s an orthopedic surgeon by training. He had the idea to build his app because he realized how pervasive the need is for dermatological consultation...
By Dave Muoio July 19, 2018
The Department of Veterans Affairs and IBM Watson Health have announced a one-year extension to an ongoing public-private partnership applying the AI company’s technology to genomic data for cancer therapy. The precision oncology collaboration has so far assisted the treatment of more than 2,700 veterans, according to a statement, although the original agreement in 2016 had proposed the lofty...
By Dave Muoio July 18, 2018
Healthcare AI company Viz.ai announced today that it has raised $21 million in Series A funding. The investment was led by Kleiner Perkins, with additional participation from GV (formerly Google Ventures). Viz.ai’s primary product is Contact, the first FDA-cleared clinical decision support (CDS) tool that analyzes CT results and highlights cases that may have experienced a stroke for review by a...
Brain illustration.
By Leontina Postelnicu July 18, 2018
London-based health tech start-up Digital Surgery has announced this week that it has developed and demonstrated a groundbreaking Artificial Intelligence (AI) system to guide surgical teams in the operating room (OR). The innovation is said to be paving the way for how AI and associated technologies will help clinicians deliver ‘safer surgeries’ in the future, according to Dr Jean Nehme, Digital...
By Dave Muoio July 10, 2018
San Francisco-based predictive health company Potrero Medical has closed $26.6 million in an oversubscribed Series C round, according to a statement from the company. The investment was led by GT Healthcare Capital Partners and Sonder Capital. Potrero’s business is focused on employing smart sensors and data analytics to identify conditions in their early stages. Its primary product is the...
By Dave Muoio July 9, 2018
Prying eyes. Polar now joins Strava in the list of fitness app makers accidentally betraying military information. According to a report from the Dutch publication De Correspondent, an opt-in feature within the app posts users’ routes to an online map can become a gateway to their private information with diligent searching and a simple modification of the browser’s web address. Working with the...
By Laura Lovett June 20, 2018
In a recent review, an independent group of panelists raised questions about UK-based AI company DeepMind’s business model, relationship with parent company Alphabet, and potential to monopolize its industry.  The Google subsidiary has been partnering with the National Health Service for the last few years and working with the system to implement its AI technology. While the company has been...
By Laura Lovett June 19, 2018
Last week the American Medical Association outlined a new set of recommendations on augmented intelligence, a type of technology that aims to extend, but not replace, a human medical expert’s insight and decision-making capabilities. “As technology continues to advance and evolve, we have a unique opportunity to ensure that augmented intelligence is used to benefit patients, physicians, and the...
A model of the proposed facility
By Leontina Postelnicu June 19, 2018
A ground-breaking facility that will harness Artificial Intelligence to develop new drugs for clinical testing within weeks is to be opened through investment from the new £103m Rosalind Franklin Institute (RFI). Funded by the government through UK Research and Innovation, the RFI will use advanced technologies such as AI and robotics to transform the drug discovery process and create new...