AI

By Leontina Postelnicu 06:09 am August 8, 2019
NHSX, the new unit for digital, data and technology, and the Accelerated Access Collaborative, the umbrella organisation for UK health innovation, are setting up a national AI lab in what is seen as the latest effort to move the NHS into the digital age. WHAT HAPPENED Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock unveiled the plans this week, with the new lab set to be supported by a £250m fund...
By Laura Lovett 01:06 pm August 7, 2019
Nearly five years after Alphabet purchased DeepMind, an AI-focused technology entity, it is still continuing to report massive losses on the subsidiary. Yesterday DeepMind released its latest strategic report, revealing that its losses for the financial year were £470 million, or roughly $571 million. Deep Mind has been heavily involved in the healthcare space, using its AI platform for diagnosis...
By Laura Lovett 01:20 pm July 22, 2019
  UpLift Health, a digital health company focused on treating depression, has landed $1 million in seed funding. This early funding round was led by Laidir Foundation, a Washington-based research and development organization.  WHAT THEY DO The Atlanta-based startup has created an app that employs cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help users with depression. The platform includes 12 chatbot-...

Marko Topalovic and Professor Dr Wim Janssens, two of the four cofounders of ArtiQ; credit: ArtiQ

By Leontina Postelnicu 12:25 pm July 11, 2019
KU Leuven health tech spinoff ArtiQ, founded at the beginning of 2019, has raised €1m in seed financing from the KBC Focus Fund, KU Leuven Gemma Frisius Fund, University Hospitals Leuven and private investor – and one of its four cofounders — Bart Swaelens.  WHY IT MATTERS The company has developed ArtiQ|PFT, an AI-based decision support tool offering pulmonologists a “standardised evaluation” of...
By Dave Muoio 04:13 pm July 10, 2019
Clover Health, an Alphabet-backed insurtech startup serving the Medicare Advantage market, announced this morning the launch of a new subsidiary unit that will be focused on using data from its members to drive drug development. Much like its parent company uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to generate predictive health insights for its member population, Clover Therapeutics will...

Above: Screengrab of Synyi's website.

By Dean Koh 03:31 am July 9, 2019
Shanghai-based medical AI startup Synyi announced that it has raised RMB 250M ($36.3M) in Series C funding led by Chinese tech giant Tencent. Founded in 2016, Synyi started with Natural Language Processing (NLP) capabilities in the Chinese language and focused on hospitals’ demand for scientific research data, combining AI & HIT to create their first smart analytics platform. To solve the...
By Dean Koh 03:28 am July 2, 2019
The National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore, a department under the Prime Minister’s Office, announced that it will set up a national Health Technologies Consortium (HealthTEC) to facilitate companies to translate research outcomes into products and services that can improve the health and wellness of individuals. The NRF sets the national direction for research, innovation and enterprise (...
By Cara Dartnell-Steinberg 12:31 pm July 1, 2019
Furthering their vision of delivering the most effective patient care, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Dr Tom Lawton as the new head of clinical AI. This is the first role of its kind in an NHS trust, although nearly half are investing in innovative AI technology for patient services.  WHY IT MATTERS Lawton, a consultant in critical care and anaesthesia, is familiar...
By Dave Muoio 02:30 pm June 17, 2019
The past week has seen two FDA clearances awarded to Israeli companies building artificial intelligence analysis tools for medical imaging. The first, announced last Tuesday, was Aidoc’s tool for triaging cervical spine fractures. Much like the company’s prior offerings, the new product analyzes images to prioritize high-risk cases for review by a radiologist, and does so within the specialist’s...
By Jonah Comstock 03:03 pm June 13, 2019
Artificial intelligence and machine learning can help health systems in many ways, from improving backend efficiencies to monitoring patients to streamlining imaging analysis. But even when a health system has good data sets, turning those into useful and accurate algorithms is no easy feat. On a panel at the HIMSS Machine Learning & AI for Healthcare conference in Boston today, moderated by...