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NHS trial will test AI diagnosis with eye scans from 150,000 patients

New Scientist

Eye scans from 150,000 National Health Service (NHS) patients in the UK will be used to test commercial artificial intelligence tools that could be rolled out to spot the warning signs of diabetic sight loss. But researchers aim to avoid a repeat of previous NHS data-sharing scandals by ensuring that records are anonymised and that AI tests are only run on servers owned by NHS trusts.

Clinicians may prefer imaging clinical decision support with AI


An artificial intelligence (AI)-based software tool can make radiology clinical decision-support (CDS) software more user-friendly to ordering clinicians, according to research published October 1 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Researchers from the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville shared their experience after incorporating a commercially available AI application for their radiology CDS software. This tool enables clinicians to enter the reason for their advanced imaging order via free text and then choose from a list of AI-predicted structured indications. The AI-based CDS software was not only used more often than the traditional process for ordering radiology exams, but it also significantly improved the rated appropriateness of their orders. "Our experience with an AI tool found it to successfully predict structured indications for ordering providers based upon their free-text entry, providing potential means to decrease the burden on ordering clinicians while ensuring [Protecting Access to Medicare Act] compliance," wrote the authors led by first author Dr. David Gish.

10 Game-Changing Applications of Robotics in the Healthcare Industry


Replacing manual labor by ten times, robotic applications have arrived to transform the healthcare industry for the better. Robotic applications in healthcare carry out automated actions that are repetitive, and mundane for humans, by following computerized commands. Assisting surgeons and healthcare professionals, with artificial intelligence mechanisms, has resulted in the expanded duration of attention towards the crux of a concern and not exhaust around tedious marginal efforts. Artificial intelligence software significantly reduces logistical pressure over a medical clinic followed by enhanced health tech services to be available to the seekers at their convenience evading unnecessary fatigue. A collaborative robotic application that successfully follows human co-workers to learn about the pathways and corridors of a hospital to continue the mundane process of delivering medicines and essentials to each ward and cabin.

Amazon announces Alexa program for hospitals and senior care


Amazon has two new programs that integrate Alexa into hospitals and senior living communities, the company announced today. They're run through Alexa Smart Properties, which allows organizations to control a centralized Alexa system. "Early on in the pandemic, hospitals and senior living communities reached out to us and asked us to help them set up Alexa and voice in their communities," Liron Torres, global leader for Alexa Smart Properties, said in an interview with The Verge. Hospitals wanted ways to interact with patients without using protective equipment, and senior living communities wanted to connect residents with family members and staff, she says. The program lets senior living facilities use Amazon Echo devices to send announcements or other messages to residents' rooms.

AI Start-Ups in China

Communications of the ACM

Chinese AI businesses have been growing rapidly since 2010. They have attracted significant investment from Internet giants and a vast number of emerging AI companies have emerged. Over the past decade, Chinese AI start-ups have gradually moved away from noisy bubbles and landed in an investment boom. In 2020, when people were fighting against the pandemic, CloudMinds, an AI start-up based in Beijing, developed a humanoid service robot named Cloud Ginger XR-1. Ginger played an important role in local hospitals, delivering food and medication to patients in a contactless manner when it was needed the most. Moreover, Ginger entertained patients, freeing up doctors and medical teams to focus on more critical health matters.

Mount Sinai Launches First-Ever Dept. of Artificial Intelligence and Human Health


The Department of Artificial Intelligence and Human Health mission is to lead the artificial intelligence-driven transformation of health care through innovative research, apply that knowledge to treatment in hospital and clinical settings, and provide personalized care for each patient, which will expand Mount Sinai's impact on human health across the Health System and around the world. This effort will include creating a hub-and-satellite model to make new tools and techniques available to all Mount Sinai physicians and building an infrastructure for high-performance computing and data access to improve Mount Sinai's diagnostic and treatment capabilities. The Department of AI and Human Health is also launching a campaign to recruit talented researchers, scientists, physicians, and students in the field. MSDW data goes back to 2003, covering a variety of EMR and ancillary systems at The Mount Sinai Hospital and expanding to Mount Sinai Queens, and in recent years, Mount Sinai Morningside, Mount Sinai West, and Mount Sinai Brooklyn hospitals. The MSDW team offers a list of data services to access custom data sets, custom data marts, and de-identified data.

Amazon details custom Alexa programs for hospitals and retirement communities


Amazon has announced two new programs for Alexa centered around healthcare and retirement homes. Through Alexa Smart Properties, hospitals and senior living communities can run their own custom version of the voice assistant. Retirement homes might tap into Alexa to help residents keep in contact with family and friends, stay in touch with staff, take part in activities and remain engaged with other members of the community. Staff members can use Alexa to broadcast announcements and, of course, the voice assistant can still be used for things like controlling connected devices and smart TVs. Amazon's aim with the healthcare program is to, among other things, let staff members check in with patients without having to enter their rooms. In turn, patients can ask nurses questions, and they'll be able to respond to brief queries without having to leave their station.

Amazon brings Alexa to hospitals and senior living centers – TechCrunch


After already targeting verticals like hotels and apartment complexes, Amazon announced today it's now rolling out new solutions for healthcare providers and senior living centers. The solutions, which are a part of Alexa Smart Properties, are designed specifically to meet the needs of deploying Alexa devices at scale and will allow the facility's administrators to create customized experiences for their residents or patients. In senior living centers, the residents would be able to use Alexa devices to call their family members and other loved ones, as well as keep up with the goings-on at their community and other community news. The devices could also be used to make announcements, allow the residents to communicate with each other through direct audio messages, make voice and video calls, and they can streamline other center activities -- like check-ins, maintenance requests, and various administrative tasks. Amazon believes this could help make facilities more efficient and productive.

Chatbots -- The New Face of Healthcare?


It may seem like something out of a sci-fi novel, bots playing a role in helping you. But, is that truly the case? Its actually become a growing reality with various industries utilizing these artificial intelligence-powered chatbots to automate tedious processes and seamlessly provide consumers with round-the-clock attention. Chatbots were limited to marketing, banking, and customer service earlier, but they established themselves in healthcare during the pandemic. The genuine interest in adopting chatbots in the healthcare sector is clear since more than $800 million has been spent by startups on developing healthcare chatbots.

La veille de la cybersécurité


It took just six minutes, but the successful flight from Toronto Western Hospital to Toronto General Hospital demonstrated the efficacy of using drones to quickly and safely transport lungs for transplantation. Alain Hodak, a 63-year-old engineer, is the first person in history to receive a pair of lungs from a delivery drone. The shipment happened in Toronto on September 25th, as the drone landed on the roof of Toronto General Hospital at around 1:00 a.m. Shaf Keshavjee, the surgeon-in-chief with Canada's University Health Network and a professor at the University of Toronto, was there to receive and inspect the precious package.