A Berlin-based startup whose mobile health app uses AI to help people manage chronic digestive problems has raised $7 million in Series A funding. The company intends to spend the bulk of the money getting the app in the hands of gastrointestinal patients in the U.S.

Researchers have developed an algorithm to help assess the response of Parkinson’s patients to medication while clinicians are at work and the patients are typing on personal computers in their homes.

Microsoft is launching a regional hub for AI, Internet of Things and data science in Louisville, Kentucky, according to Mayor Greg Fischer, with a focus on collaborating with partners in healthcare and manufacturing.

A year ago, U.S. military researchers presented an algorithm that can tell an individual how much caffeine to consume, and when, to achieve optimal alertness. Now they’ve turned the technique into a freely available tool for “designing effective strategies to maximize alertness while avoiding excessive caffeine consumption.”

Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy often share word of their adverse reactions to the drugs in online health forums. Researchers at Stanford have used natural language processing to mine these posts, accurately flagging detrimental side effects well before clinical journals advise caution.

Retail giant Walmart has joined a blockchain group that aims to track and verify prescription drugs, the company confirmed to CoinDesk.

The vast majority of healthcare executives––89%––are experimenting with emerging technologies such as AI, according to Accenture’s Digital Health Technology Vision report.

Facial recognition technology can be used to monitor sedated patients in intensive care units, alerting healthcare workers when a patient is at risk of accidentally removing a breathing tube or engaging in other risky behavior.

AI continues to wow healthcare watchers with sharp guidance on clinical decisionmaking, accurate aids to risk assessment and bankable workflow efficiencies. But healthcare was, is and always will be about “human-to-human relationships, trust and healing.”

A healthcare AI startup striving to become the biggest provider of virtual medicine in India has gotten a boost in the form of investor dollars and friendly coverage in a prominent business journal.  

The U.K. is taking on a big pilot program with 500,000 people being remotely monitored at home using AI to analyze all the incoming data. The program by the National Health Service underscores where AI is likely to have the biggest impact in healthcare––non-consumption, or areas where there isn’t an affordable or convenient solution for consumers.

Comcast is venturing into the health business with a new technology that aims to monitor people’s health at home, CNBC reported. The device has been likened to Amazon’s AI-powered voice technology Alexa.