AI

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By  Sara Mageit 06:22 am March 31, 2021
Nijmegen-based AI software company, Thirona has developed an AI algorithm to detect and quantify lung abnormalities related to cystic fibrosis (CF). PRAGMA-AI aims to process faster and automated analysis of CT scans of patients with the condition, delivering an assessment in several seconds. WHY IT MATTERS CF is a rare genetic disorder with approximately 70,000 known cases worldwide,...
By  Dave Muoio 02:52 pm March 30, 2021
Oxford University spinoff Oxehealth has received an FDA De Novo clearance for software that can estimate pulse rate, heart rate, respiratory rate and breathing rate from a video camera signal. Founded in 2012, the company has often likened its technology to that of a pulse oximeter, which detects minute visual changes in skin color to measure blood oxygen levels. In this case, the Oxehealth Vital...
breast cancer detection

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By  Tammy Lovell 06:13 am March 29, 2021
A breakthrough breast cancer diagnosis system could help clinicians understand the rationale behind artificial intelligence (AI) decisions. Researchers from Charité University Hospital in Berlin, the Berlin Institute of Technology and the University of Oslo have developed the new tissue-section analysis system for diagnosing breast cancer based on AI.   The system uses heatmaps to show what...
Screenshots of the Woebot app adapted for substance use

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By  Dave Muoio 01:50 pm March 24, 2021
A recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) shows initial support for a new version of Woebot – a text-based chatbot app designed to address mental health issues – that is designed to reduce substance use and other measures tied to substance use disorder (SUD). Conducted by researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine and Woebot Health, the investigation...

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By  Dave Muoio 12:32 pm March 22, 2021
Healthcare data analysis startup Komodo Health has announced a $220 million Series E funding round and a subsequent $3.3 billion valuation. The raise was headed by Tiger Global, with additional support from new backer Casdin Capital and prior investors ICONIQ Growth, Andreessen Horowitz and Silicon Valley Bank. WHAT IT DOES Founded in 2014, Komodo offers providers, pharma and other life sciences...
By  Dave Muoio 12:13 pm March 15, 2021
insitro, an artificial intelligence drug discovery startup, has added a $400 million Series C round to its already impressive fundraising haul. The financing is set to close during the first full week of April, according to the company. Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board led the raise, which also included a laundry list of participants. These names include: Andreessen Horowitz, funds and...
By  Dave Muoio 03:00 pm March 10, 2021
Ibex Medical Analytics, an Israel-based startup using artificial intelligence to support cancer diagnostics, has unveiled a $38 million Series B funding round. Octopus Ventures and 83North led the raise, which also saw participation from aMoon, Planven Entrepreneur Ventures and Dell Technologies Capital. WHAT IT DOES Ibex's Galen platform uses AI and machine learning to reduce the burden on...

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By  Dave Muoio 12:27 pm March 2, 2021
In December, Highmark Health announced a six-year collaboration with Google Cloud that the companies said would lay down the infrastructure of the integrated delivery network's data-driven Living Health Dynamic Platform. Today, the organizations unveiled plans to get Verily and its Onduo chronic care subsidiary in on the action as well. Through another six-year partnership, the partners will work...
Helsinki, MyData
By  Sara Mageit 04:43 am February 17, 2021
The GAIA-X initiative has designed a technical architecture that ensures trustworthy data exchange in Europe and forms the basis for a comprehensive data ecosystem. With 300 organisations from various countries involved, the project has gained support from German and French governments, and has links to the European Commission. Science institutions and representatives of the Federal Government...
Person outdoors looks at smartphone
Google’s $2 billion acquisition of Fitbit last month has been met with concern from privacy advocates worried about how the tech giant will use personal fitness data. This reaction prompted the tech giant to clarify that the acquisition is "about devices, not data." The deal has brought to light a larger issue that we all seem to gloss over: Every day, millions of people publicly share seemingly...