Connected Care

MyHealthTeams, a San Francisco-based creator of social networks for patients with chronic health conditions, has raised a fresh $9.44 million to expand its existing online spaces and launch new ones.

VR is quickly becoming a new alternative to more traditional methods of pain management, NPR reported, with patients escaping their chronic pain by strapping on a VR headset and becoming immersed in a different reality.

Machine-learning analyses of satellite images can help identify communities needing healthcare services in some of the most remote parts of the planet, according to a study published Aug. 14 in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

When trained on routine health data and observation notes gathered by homecare aides, AI can be used to anticipate medical emergencies in the elderly one to two weeks ahead of an incident. The advance insights can both guide preventive care and save on unnecessary hospital and transportation costs.

Machine learning can accurately predict which patients will not live beyond 30 days after discharge from the ER, giving these patients time to discuss end-of-life care with family members and hospice professionals.

Colorado’s UCHealth system has extended the reach of “Livi,” an AI-powered virtual assistant it introduced early this year, from its website to patients’ smart speakers.

China’s use of facial recognition software to encourage good citizenship has drawn international criticism, but now the country is turning to the technology for help with a worthy healthcare cause: finding elderly people with dementia who’ve lost their way.

After receiving “overwhelming interest” in a recent AI in healthcare challenge, CMS extended is judging period, the agency announced August 1.

Not only is AI aiding recovery for some of the sickest hospitalized patients—those in the ICU—but it’s also making work less stressful for the medical professionals who care for them.

In the wake of Alexa’s success at gaining HIPAA-compliant medical skills, AI developers are working to offer smart speakers that do everything from warning homebound people they’re having a heart attack to taking clinical notes for physicians during patient visits.

Walgreens store associates and managers across the U.S. will soon be equipped with small, AI-powered devices that will allow them to remain “heads-up and hands-free” while communicating among themselves to help customers.

Dermatology researchers have mined Reddit discussion forums with natural language processing and come away with some surprising insights into patients’ at-home skin treatments for conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis.