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By Dave Muoio 03:38 pm April 18, 2019
Door closes on drug discovery. IBM is tapering off sales of its Watson for Drug Discovery product in favor of other healthcare offerings using the AI technology, STAT reported this morning. The decision was made in response to weak demand and purchases from customers. "We are focusing our resources within Watson Health to double down on the adjacent field of clinical development where we see an...
By Dave Muoio 12:26 pm January 3, 2019
Sugar.IQ — the digital diabetes assistant for Guardian Connect system users that is jointly supported by Medtronic and IBM Watson — has a new feature that uses artificial intelligence to predict future low glucose events. Called IQcast, the feature tells users whether they have a low, medium or high chance of dropping below the target blood glucose range within the next one to four hours. These...
By Laura Lovett 02:37 pm November 30, 2018
AI-healthcare startups have dominated the list of finalists at the IBM Watson AI XPrize competition. While the competition was opened to all fields, seven out of the final 10 startups came from the healthcare sector.  Even within the healthcare category, the startups focus on a range of specialities and applications. For example, Pittsburgh-based startup Behavior employs wearables and smartphones...
By MobiHealthNews 01:55 pm August 13, 2018
Bankrupting docs? Patient booking platform Zocdoc is putting providers in a sticky situation, CNBC reports. The platform, which lets patients book and cancel appointments, is changing its business model. Now instead of charging providers a flat annual rate per doctor, it proposes to charge a lower annual rate as well as a booking fee for each new customer. Not only would this dramatically...
By Laura Lovett 04:35 pm June 25, 2018
Two years after originally announcing it, Medtronic and IBM Watson have launched their joint platform the Sugar.IQ, a digital diabetes assistant.  “It is designed for people who are currently using Guardian Connect; so made for people on multiple daily injections. It is a personal assistant a little bit like Alexa or Siri,” Huzefa Neemuchwala, global head of digital health solutions and AI at...
By Laura Lovett 12:23 pm March 8, 2018
The Mayo Clinic has just released the results of a new study, which show an 80 percent increase in enrollment of clinical trials for breast cancer when using IBM’s Watson for Clinical Trial matching system.  The Watson system uses artificial intelligence to analyze unstructured information and pull out insights from the data.  “Watson is able to give us faster, better matching of patients to...
By Jonah Comstock 03:26 pm March 6, 2018
Artificial intelligence has huge potential to transform care, but the healthcare system needs to walk before it can run, according to a panel of speakers from IBM Watson, the Mayo Clinic, and the American Medical Association at an after hours dinner at HIMSS18 Monday. “I think this AI stuff is absolutely real, but at the same time we haven’t finished the first job, which is creating systems that...
By Dave Muoio 03:51 pm February 28, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated Watson's contributions to the Teladoc platform. Watson does not offer diagnoses. With the acquisition of Best Doctors last summer, telemedicine vendor Teladoc has been providing specialist consultations through its remote platform. A less-publicized outcome of the deal, however, is that the company has also absorbed and implemented the...
By Jonah Comstock 01:04 pm December 7, 2017
Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, UK has launched a new augmented reality tablet app for children to entertain, educate, and distract the hospital's young children. In Alder Play, available on iOS and Android, children can choose an animated avatar who will appear on the app as they visit different parts of the hospital and offer them entertainment, information, and support, as well as...
By Dave Muoio 10:36 am December 5, 2017
Last week, hundreds of digital health entrepreneurs, investors, and executives met in Boston for the annual Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit. Among the more frequently discussed trends and technologies was artificial intelligence — its promise, its stumbles, and how it should be implemented to best serve healthcare. “I started marketing Watson for Oncology in January of 2016. I’m almost...