Connected Care

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.

Following its search engine-based entry into algorithmic suicide prevention this past spring, the Trevor Project is fine-tuning Google’s AI technology by training algorithms on both initial conversations with counselors and the counselors’ post-session risk assessments.

Uber Health, the healthcare subsidiary of rideshare company Uber, has granted access of its American fleet to a blockchain startup. The relationship establishes blockchain and cryptocurrency in the healthcare space.

If it’s to progress from capturing the public’s imagination to earning widespread clinical implementation, healthcare AI has a long road to travel.  

An Irish AI startup whose investors have already raised $65 million is pledging to deliver a breakthrough natural food additive by the end of this year and four more by 2021.

Only one-fifth of consumers would trust healthcare advice from AI-generated communications, according to a recent poll.