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Here’s a selection of the top headlines for December 2020:
A group of Duke University researchers conducted a study suggesting artificial intelligence analysis of certain retinal images could predict Alzheimer’s disease. The report, published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, details the use of retinal blood vessel density changes that accompany changes in cognition. More at Medical Xpress.
Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge MA, will pioneer the use of new AI technology from Microsoft. The technology, called InnerEye, was developed by Microsoft’s Cambridge Research lab, uses artificial intelligence to scan the hospital data and point out tumors and healthy organs on patient scans, which are then checked by an oncologist. More information at Microsoft News.
The Japanese Society of Intensive Care Medicine hosted an online event introducing AI technology for intensive care patients. Groups from Yokohama City University Hospital, and Showa University presented new tools that can be used for predicting changes in patient condition, and blood pressure. More details at NHK World-Japan.
Virti, educational training tech company, has launched an AI “virtual patient”, that uses Natural Language Processing and narrative branching to simulate medical role-play, and will be used for remote training across the NHS and in US hospitals. More details at Mobi Health News.
TeraRecon, AI visualization solution provider, has been awarded a landmark patent expansion for their AI interoperability platform. This program allows a physician to access and interact with an AI-informed reporting experience in a more comprehensive way. For more details visit Globe News Wire.
Researchers at the University of Vermont, and Cedars-Sinai Hospital collaborated on a study using blood tests to predict the probability of a Covid-19 infection. Using Biocogniv’s new AI-COVID software, the study addresses the possibility of detecting a potential Covid-19 infection with speed and accuracy, rather than waiting for a PCR test, which requires specialized laboratory equipment and often takes more time. More details at AI News.
A research team at the National University of Singapore have used an AI platform to determine the most effective treatment for Covid-19. In a study that included 12 drug candidates, in over 530,000 possible combinations, the platform analyzed patient-derived data. For more information, and the leading treatment, visit Medical XPress.
Ibex Medical Analytics, an AI based cancer diagnostic company, and KSM, the Research and Innovation Center of Maccabi Healthcare Services launched a pilot of Ibex’s Galen Breast solution. In this pioneering launch, pathologists at the Maccabi Pathology Institute will use the program as a First Read application to diagnose breast cancer. More information at PR NewsWire.
Nvidia, multinational technology company, launched its Medical Open Network AI, or Monai, as part of the Clara application framework. This open-source framework will be used to train AI models for medical imaging. Additionally, Nvidia announced the expansion of its Inception Alliance for Healthcare accelerator program, where membership includes access to the GE Healthcare Edison Developer Program. More details at Silicon Angle.
Amazon, technology giant, announced the launch of Amazon HealthLake, a HIPAA compliant data storage platform. Amazon HealthLake uses artificial intelligence to organize medical data, allowing providers to conduct an efficient analysis. Amazon also announced new capabilities for its machine learning service, Amazon SageMaker. More details at Silicon Angle.
Taipei Medical University pioneers the Prediction of Principle Health Threat (PROPHET) project. In a new use of earlier medical technology, this project uses AI technology to screen biomarkers, and predict medical diagnoses, including cancer. More information at DigiTimes.
BioNTech, German biotechnology company, is forging a partnership with InstaDeep, AI systems platform. The collaboration will focus on new immunotherapies for cancer and infectious diseases. More at PharmaPhorum.
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation, will award £20 million as part of The Turing AI Acceleration Fellowships. Fifteen top AI innovators in the UK will receive these funds. More info at Telecom TV.
Bayer, global pharmaceutical company, and Blackford Analysis, UK-based software company, have announced a collaboration to develop a new AI research platform. Together they will develop a virtual marketplace where healthcare professionals can access algorithms, imaging analysis applications, and other AI tools. More information at Medical Dialogues.
South Korean AI startup AIRS Medical has won the “fastMRI Challenge 2020.” Sponsored by Facebook AI Research and NYU Langone Health, the challenge aimed to accelerate MRI scans of the brain using artificial intelligence. More details at Business Korea.
International pharmaceutical company Servier, has partnered with Centech, deep-tech business incubator to lunch a worldwide AI hub in Montreal. The lab will be set up within Centech’s Collision Lab, and specialize in pharmaceutical Research and Development. More information at Globe News Wire.
Chi Arthritis and Rheumatology, the largest single-specialty provider of rheumatology services in Arkansas, has reported success using the Saykara, Seattle-based health tech startup’s mobile AI voice assistant. The practice reports seeing 15% more new patients per week, reduced charting time and eliminated after-hours charting. More information at BusinessWire.
NSW Health Pathology, an Australian clinical health organization has partnered with Microsoft to use artificial intelligence and cloud technology to reduce wait times for Covid-19 test results. Patients are able to access testing via portable point-of-care devices, and the data is subsequently uploaded to Azure cloud via 4G connectivity, and then reviewed by a clinician. More details at ZD Net.
Siemens Healthineers, a medical technology company, has garnered Saudi Food and Drug Authority approval for its AI-Rad Companion. This suite of AI-powered imaging solutions helps address the shortage of radiologists and improves efficiency and accuracy. More at Healthcare IT News.
The Council of Europe issued a report on the use of AI, covering ethical guidelines, human rights, law and democracy. Led by the Council’s Ad hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAHAI), the report aims to expand global support for AI regulation, looking to Israel as an example and leader for artificial intelligence. More details at The Jersusalem Post.
DeepTek, an Indian health technology company has developed an AI based tool to help radiologists quickly read and diagnose X-rays. The platform, called Augmento, can be applied for 20 different pathologies, and supplements the workflow from end-to-end. More details at Analytics India Mag.
Presagen, AI healthcare company, has announced the first baby born via IVF using its Life Whisperer technology. An embryo assessment program, Life Whisperer uses AI aided imaging to assess embryo viability. More information at WFMZ.
Huawei Technologies, Chinese multinational tech company, announced a case study of YITU Healthcare, an AI start-up and the use of the Huawei Atlas series. The Atlas series adds computing power to Yitu’s varied AI assisted imaging solutions. More details at PR NewsWire.
AI guided ultrasound developer Caption Health has received a $4.5M grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. These funds will be used to develop an AI-guided lung ultrasound solution, to relieve the burden on over-taxed experienced clinicians. More at MDDI Online.
Cloud based imaging platform Arterys and AI vendor Avicenna.AI announced a partnership to release the FDA-cleared CINA Head triage AI solution. Arterys will use its SaaS model to offer the CINA technology. More information at IT Online.
Segmed, a cloud-based platform that uses AI to aid medical data research has received $2M in seed funding. Segmed’s AI solution helps sort and organize data for patients, clinicians and researches, in order to advance medical breakthroughs. More at HIT Consultant.
Bioinformatics company CognitiveCare launched a new AI platform in collaboration with Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The technology, MIHIC, uses artificial intelligence to identify risks in maternal and infant health. More details at PR NewsWire.
Curatio Healthcare, an Indian dermatology company, has partnered with Engage-ly.ai, a conversational AI company to release ‘Quree,’ India’s first AI-powered conversational healthcare bot. More information at PR Newswire.
Curai, California based digital healthcare company, raised $27.5M to fund its AI based primary care venture. Curai uses artificial intelligence to support clinical assistants and physicians to survey patient data and organize key points, in an effort to provide affordable healthcare to more people. More details in Forbes.
Pittsburgh-based national health organization Highmark Health has announced a partnership with Google Cloud to run its digital platform, Living Health. In a six-year partnership, Highmark Health will expand its digital offerings to benefit both patients and providers. More details at Fierce Healthcare.
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