Connected Care

A San Jose-based company focused on machine learning for care optimization, Health[at]Scale, has raised $16 million in a Series A funding round, with Optum as its sole investor.

Some are calling the first generation whose members will never have known life without smartphones “Generation Alpha.” And some are predicting they’ll be as reliant on AI as Millennials and Generation Z have been on the internet.

Researchers at Duke and in Tanzania have developed an algorithm for discerning the extent of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a low-resource setting.

It is well known that AI has the potential to upend several areas of medicine, including targeted treatment and diagnostics. However, a lack of knowledge about AI in the healthcare space could have a negative effect, through the spread of misinformation––and fake news.

Researchers studying the basis of visual recognition in two distinct disciplines—computer science and brain science—have put their heads together to advance both fields at once.

Accenture, a global professional services company, has teamed up with Stockholm Exergi, one of Sweden’s largest energy suppliers, to put AI to the test in a new project aimed at addressing loneliness among seniors.

A pilot that aims to study the use of blockchain-enabled data technology to track and verify specialty prescription drugs has been approved by the FDA.

The boom in the emergence of AI and other innovative technologies in the healthcare space comes with a new risk: the expense of human contact.

Blockchain technology is already expected to have a major impact in the healthcare space, and the wearables sector could do with an injection of the technology, as well, writes Lucas Mearian for ComputerWorld.

If AI is to find a foothold across the worldwide healthcare ecosystem, it will need to rest on research into how it may affect the emerging realm of participatory medicine.

Safeway stores in Arizona are opening health clinics that combine AI, augmented reality and telemedicine to offer grocery shoppers a convenient way to be seen for illnesses and injuries.  

Working with SRI International, the California tech lab that gave the world Siri, mental-health specialists at NYU Langone have developed an AI-based tool that uses voice analysis to diagnose posttraumatic stress disorder—potentially via telemedicine.