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Flagler Hospital, a 335-bed community hospital based in St. Augustine, Florida, is projected to save more than $20 million after AI technology helped it reduce costs, average length of stay and readmissions for pneumonia patients. 

Medical device company Sight Diagnostics has raised $27.8 million in funding to expand its system that uses AI to analyze blood tests, according to a report by VentureBeat.

IBM Watson Health is partnering with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to use AI and genomics to help clinicians better predict the onset of serious cardiovascular diseases, the company announced Feb. 13.

Researchers at West Virginia University (WVU) were awarded a $1 million grant from the National Institute of Justice to develop novel AI techniques to combat the opioid epidemic and opioid trafficking. The funding will be provided over a three-year period.

The Vatican and Microsoft are offering a nearly $7,000 prize for an international competition that aims to promote ethics in AI, according to a report by the Associated Press.

An NHS hospital in Scotland was honored by Microsoft during the HIMSS conference for its effort with KenSci to leverage AI and machine learning to reduce emergency hospital admissions among the highest risk chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients.

IBM Watson Health is investing $50 million over 10 years in a joint research collaboration with the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Brigham and Women’s Hospital aimed at using AI to solve major public health issues.

AI applications in healthcare are only just ramping up, allowing for an influx of entrepreneurs, according to a new report from Entrepreneur.

Johnson & Johnson announced its intent to acquire California-based Auris Health, a developer of robotic technologies, for $3.4 billion. The purchase will allow Johnson & Johnson to have access to Auris Health’s surgical robotic scope, which is used in respiratory procedures and lung cancer detection. 

Health technology company Cerner is now offering an AI workflow tool that aims to temper physician burnout, the company announced during the HIMSS conference in Orlando.

Researchers in China have developed an AI-based natural language processing algorithm which processes free text from physician notes in electronic health records (EHRs) to predict common ailments in a pediatric population. The algorithm outperformed junior physicians in diagnosing some illnesses.

CMS’ newly proposed interoperability rules are a part of a broader effort to empower patients by ensuring they have access to their medical records, CMS Administrator Seema Verma said during the HIMSS conference in Orlando on Feb. 12.