With the increasing use of AI in healthcare, a warning from medical union MDDUS of the'inherent risks in remote consulting' offers a timely reminder of the potential dangers. Following our story yesterday on Samsung's partnership with Babylon Health, an NHS consultant reached out with his (puzzling) experience of Babylon's technology: I gave it the most basic of medical presentations; 'I have a nose bleed'. Sit back & watch 130 seconds of the most bizarre triage you will ever come across… #NoseBleed #GPatHand #FlawedAI pic.twitter.com/53YPoZIOUF In the video, the AI is told'I have a nose bleed' – a symptom which a medical professional would be able to diagnose quickly. What follows is over two minutes of bizarre questions resulting in the AI calling the symptoms'quite complex' and failing to offer any possible causes.
The Cleveland Clinic has a history of being on the bleeding edge of health IT and its new CEO Tom Mihaljevic has made it clear that the Ohio-based health system will keep pushing ahead as a medical technology pioneer. "Most of our plans for the future will depend on digital platforms: telemedicine, data analytics, artificial intelligence," Mihaljevic said during the State of the Clinic address in late February. "Digital technology will allow us to deliver smarter, more affordable and more accessible [care]. The Cleveland Clinic has always been an early adopter, beginning with our electronic medical records. But now, we have to take technology even more seriously.
The Digital Technology Supercluster was picked as one of five superclusters to receive funding from the Federal Government in an effort to drive innovation in Canada. The Digital Technology Supercluster is based in British Columbia and is a collaboration of over 200 organizations that will develop numerous projects in various areas, such as health innovation and personalized medicine. Participating organizations include Providence Health Care, the University of British Columbia, Telus, Microsoft, Shoppers Drug Mart and more. In hopes of improving the survival rate from out-of-hospital heart attacks, BC Emergency Health Services and the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation have developed the PulsePoint Respond app that alerts users of cardiac arrest victims in their vicinity and also shows them the location of the nearest defibrillator. Administering CPR or defibrillation during the time it takes for professional responders to arrive has been shown to greatly improve chances of survival.
Jonathan Linkous, founding CEO of the American Telemedicine Association, and Mary Ann Liebert have co-founded a new organization focused on artificial intelligence, robotics and automation in healthcare. The Partnership for Artificial Intelligence and Automation in Healthcare (PATH) unites health systems, industry, payers and regulators to find how such technology can improve the delivery of medicine, reduce costs and expand access to healthcare services to millions of people across the globe, according to an organization press release. The mission-driven, membership-based group takes a unique, inclusive approach bringing together all stakeholders to resolve such issues as public policy oversight, personal safety and how to integrate such revolutionary advances into healthcare systems. Information about PATH and its inaugural summit can be found here. "AI and related innovations have already enabled industries such as banking, aviation, and entertainment to grow, provide higher- quality products, and allow consumers greater choice," Linkous, a co-founder and CEO of the group, said in a statement.
Go to any healthcare conference and a speaker is bound to mention a new use of artificial intelligence. Now, as the technology becomes more and more mainstream, a pair of industry experts are creating a new organization that seeks to legitimize and promote AI and other cutting edge technologies in healthcare. Founder and former CEO of the American Telemedicine Association Jonathan Linkous and Mary Ann Liebert, CEO of Mary Ann Liebert Inc., have launched a new organization called PATH (Partnership for Automation and Innovation in Healthcare) that will work as an advocacy alliance to promote AI, robotics, and automation in healthcare. "AI and related innovations have already enabled industries such as banking, aviation, and entertainment to grow, provide higher- quality products, and allow consumers greater choice," Linkous, who will serve as CEO of the new organization, said in a statement. "With spiraling costs, increasing need, decreasing resources, and rapidly advancing technologies, healthcare desperately needs to catch up."
Virtual medical and behavioral healthcare provider MDLive has made it easier for patients to access telehealth services with the introduction of Sophie, a digital personal health assistant. An artificial intelligence-based chatbot that is part of MDLive's platform, Sophie guides patients through the registration process by first asking a series of questions to open an MDLive account. Next, Sophie walks patients through the steps to download the MDLive app. Once downloaded, the MDLive app helps patients determine whether scheduling a virtual or in-person visit with a healthcare professional is necessary.
London and Berlin-based, AI-powered health app maker Ada Health has raised $47 million (40 million euro) in a funding round led by global investment group Access Industries. June Fund, Cumberland VC, and entrepreneur William Tunstall-Pedoe also contributed along with existing investors. Ada Health officially launched its app back in April after a soft launch in late 2016 and six years of research and development. It asks relevant, personalized questions and suggests possible causes for users' symptoms. The company says more than 1.5 million people have used the app since March.
Technology is changing every industry in significant ways. To help frame how, I'm starting a new series discussing top trends in various markets. No one can dispute technology's ability to enable us all to live longer, healthier lives. From surgical robots to "smart hospitals," the digital transformation is revolutionizing patient care in new and exciting ways. National health expenditures in the United States accounted for $3.2 trillion in 2015--nearly 18% of the country's total GDP.