September 21, 2016
Artificial intelligence and big data are shaping up to have the biggest impact on the healthcare industry, and most of that money will be coming from venture capital funds, according to a new survey of digital health executives and investors.
Silicon Valley Bank surveyed 122 founders, executives and investors in health technology, asking about the biggest opportunities and threats for the...
August 9, 2016
New York-based startup Koko, which uses artificial intelligence for crowd-sourced cognitive therapy, raised $2.5M in Series A funding, with Omidyar Network and Union Square Ventures leading the round. The company also announced the launch of KokoBot, its new chatbox experience that will be available on chat networks Facebook Messenger, Telegram and Kik.
KokoBot, which is based on technology...
July 5, 2016
DeepMind, a UK-based subsidiary of Google, today announced a new research project with National Health Service specialist Moorfields Hospital to use artificial intelligence to detect and treat blindness-causing eye diseases.
The project is DeepMind’s second collaboration with NHS, although earlier projects did not use AI. Using a million anonymous eye scans, the research partnership will...
June 23, 2016
As the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize draws to a close, the X Prize Foundation has teamed up with IBM Watson to launch a new contest, a $5 million open challenge to develop an AI application that could be focused in the area of healthcare -- but could also be aimed at education, energy, environment, global development or exploration.
“In the coming decade, as X Prize strives to achieve...
January 12, 2016
There are many approaches to using digital technology to promote medication adherence, from tiny sensors embedded in pills to Bluetooth-connected pill boxes, to simple reminder apps. There’s something of a trade-off between hardware offerings, which provide real validation and accountability but can be expensive to deploy and scale, and software offerings, which are very easy to scale, but have a...
December 9, 2015
Some 43 percent of consumers said using artificial intelligence to create a personal medical advisor would be a good idea, according to Ericsson's annual Hot Consumer Trends Survey of 6,649 iOS and Android urban smartphone users in cities around the world. The company's annual survey asks consumers for their take on futuristic scenarios. For example, last year one of the survey categories was "...
November 2, 2015
The human-computer combination will be a winning combination in digital health, according to Joi Ito, director for the MIT Lab, who spoke at the Partners HealthCare Connected Health Symposium in Boston this week.
"I think there was an announcement recently that Watson is almost finished with med school," Ito said. "It’s sort of a joke, but sort of true. I can imagine Watson being able to ingest...
October 22, 2014
Mountain View, California-based activity tracker maker Moov raised $3 million in a round led by Banyan Capital.
The company's activity tracker contains sensors that can tell how a user moves, not just when they move, Moov CEO Meng Li told MobiHealthNews. For example, the device can be hooked around the user's ankle so that it tracks running form, or to a golf club to track a swing, or even to a...
September 8, 2014
Watson at Memorial Sloan-Kettering
IBM's Watson, a cognitive computing system that has already been deployed in a number of healthcare use cases, is teaming up with Mayo Clinic to bring its computing power to bear on the age-old problem of matching active clinical trials with eligible participants.
"Using natural language processing and powerful data analytics capabilities, Watson will help...