September 8, 2017
Big Blue is investing $240 million over 10 years to build the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab in partnership with MIT.
The lab will engage in research into artificial intelligence with the goal of driving scientific AI breakthroughs. The collaboration will focus on AI hardware, software, and algorithms related to deep learning and other areas. It aims to increase AI’s impact on industries, such as...
August 23, 2017
There seems to be a modern day gold rush as companies explore how to use machine learning in clinical decision support software. Unfortunately for libertarians, FDA will regulate some of that software because of its risk profile. While the 21st Century Cures Act that passed last December exempted certain CDS from regulation and indeed FDA intends to exempt even more, FDA will continue to regulate...
June 22, 2017
Artificial intelligence "is rewiring our modern conception of healthcare delivery," according to a new Accenture report that shows an array of clinical AI applications are already well on their way to saving the industry $150 billion over the next 10 years.
In the shorter term, the report forecasts a 40 percent compound annual growth rate between now and 2021, with acquisitions of AI startups...
June 6, 2017
There’s a new chatbot in town, and it only wants to talk about mental health. Meet Woebot, now available to anyone via Facebook Messenger looking for some supportive talk to deal with anxiety or depression.
Rather than augmenting a real therapist or even a non-clinical person, Woebot is wholly robotic; open to engage with an individual as often or as little as they want depending on their needs....
June 2, 2017
It’s been six years since IBM first alluded to plans to build artificially intelligent physician’s assistant. Even as that mission became more concrete with a formal launch of the health-focused Watson and years of near-constant announcements and partnerships, it still hasn’t been clear just exactly what impact the cognitive computing program will have on healthcare. But newly shared data could...
May 18, 2017
Boston-based Partners HealthCare on Wednesday said it plans to integrate deep learning technology from GE Healthcare across its network.
The 10-year collaboration will involve Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital Center for Clinical Data Science.
The initiative will feature co-located, multidisciplinary teams with broad access to data, computational infrastructure and...
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...
May 1, 2017
Catalia Health, which makes an AI-powered patient engagement robot called Mabu, has raised $2.5 million in a new round led by Khosla Ventures. Additional investments came from new investors NewGen Capital and Macnica Ventures and existing investors Q Venture Partners Limited, InnoLinks Ventures, Abstract by Flight.VC, DeNA and Lucky Capital. This brings the company's total funding to $3.75...
April 26, 2017
While medical imaging technologies have gotten more sophisticated and commonplace over the years, the number of available radiologists or clinicians to read things like CT scans or MRIs haven’t increased accordingly. But tools that leverage machine learning have gotten smarter, and engineers believe they could play a vital role in alleviating the high demands on human medical image interpreters....
April 11, 2017
Amazon Web Services and Merck announced a developer competition on Monday to that plans to harness artificial intelligence for diabetics.
Dubbed the Alexa Diabetes Challenge, and powered by Luminary Labs, the contest aims to incent upstarts and individual developers to create apps that harness Amazon’s Alexa voice-enabled technologies particularly for patients recently diagnosed with Type 2...