Digital Surgery touts artificial intelligence for the operating room

Officials at Digital Surgery (London) boast that they have successfully demonstrated a real-time, dynamic artificial intelligence (AI) system designed for the operating room. The patented AI platform includes surgical procedure roadmaps that are meant to aid the surgical team in an OR. The goal is to reduce risk and make surgery safer. “This is a huge milestone for

Here are the top 5 medtech stories of mid-2018

A growing U.S. trade war with China and other countries casts a pall on medtech — and U.S. business in general — in mid-2018. The landscape of the medical device industry continues to evolve, though. There’s a major corporate spinout in the works, as well as a mega-merger that apparently was not to be. Read

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Hey, Google! When will I die?

Google’s AI capabilities can predict with greater accuracy than a hospital’s computers when a critically ill patient will die, according to a new study. Using a patient’s entire chart, Google’s deep learning methods were able to predict, 24 hours after admission, the risk of that patient’s death at 19.9% while the regular hospital’s computers predicted

Report: IBM Watson Health slashes workforce

International Business Machine (NYSE:IBM) reportedly laid off 50% to 70% of the workforce at its Watson Health operation, primarily at recent acquisitions for which the tech giant paid at least $3.6 billion. The layoffs, according to a May 25 report in The Register, involve Cleveland-based Explorys and Dallas-based Phytel, which IBM acquired in April 2015 for undisclosed amounts. Cleveland […]

AI could be a game-changer for older people and cognition

As the founder and CEO of MyndYou, Ruth Poliakine-Baruchi believes strongly in the power of artificial intelligence to change health. MyndYou is an AI healthcare company dedicated to identifying and tracking cognitive changes in older adults. The goal is to help these adults stay with their families longer and gain better care than they might get

7 digital health startups you need to watch in 2018

If you want to see where the big money is going in healthcare these days, digital health products are the place to look. Digital health startups raised $11.5 billion in 2017, up 27 percent over 2016, according to the StartUp Health Insights Year End Report. Digital health startups are doing everything from enhancing patient-provider relationships to

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Artificial intelligence accurately predicts stroke risk

Machine-learning algorithms, a form of artificial intelligence, accurately predicted people’s risk of heart disease and stroke, according to new research from the University of Nottingham. Researchers and computer scientists compared the risk guidelines for heart disease and stroke from the American College of Cardiology with 4 machine-learning algorithms to analyze the risk of a patient

This AI can spot skin cancer as well as doctors

Stanford University researchers say that they’ve trained a deep learning algorithm to identify skin cancer as well as dermatologists. The researchers pitted the artificial intelligence against 21 board-certified dermatologists when it came to diagnosing skin lesions. The deep convolutional neural network’s performance was on par with the experts when it came to spotting the most