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Artificial Intelligence in the Pharmaceutical Industry - An Overview of Innovations


Ayn serves as AI Analyst at Emerj - covering artificial intelligence use-cases and trends across industries. She previously held various roles at Accenture. Several factors have contributed to the advancement of AI in the pharmaceutical industry. These factors include the increase in the size of and the greater variety of types of biomedical datasets, as a result of the increased usage of electronic health records. This article intends to provide business leaders in the pharmacy space with an idea of what they can currently expect from Ai in their industry.

Artificial Intelligence in Outpatient Practice Today


In the near future, MDs could get new helpful assistants, i.e. efficient multipurpose artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms that will assist them in examining and diagnosing patients, choosing the best treatment strategy, processing patients' requests, and keeping medical records. Currently, there are technologies that support physicians at every stage of treatment. Let's see how AI helps doctors in outpatient practice. One of the promising areas in outpatient practice is the introduction of chatbots. AI will quickly collect and analyze general symptoms of the condition, and then schedule an appointment with the right MD.

Dog process speech in the same way as human brains do, study finds

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Despite not being able to talk, dogs process speech in the same way as humans do, according to a new study. Both dogs and human brains separately process the intonation – how a voice rises and falls – and the meaning of the words spoken. Hungarian researchers used functional MRI – measures brain activity by detecting changes associated with blood flow – on awake dogs. They found dogs process intonation mostly in the brain's lower subcortical regions, and recognised the actual meaning of words in cortical regions, like humans. 'Exploring speech processing similarities and differences between dog and human brains can help a lot in understanding the steps that led to the emergence of speech during evolution,' said study author Anna Gábor at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary.

Scientists inspired by 'Star Wars' create artificial skin able to feel

The Japan Times

Singapore – Singapore researchers have developed "electronic skin" capable of recreating a sense of touch, an innovation they hope will allow people with prosthetic limbs to detect objects, as well as feel texture, or even temperature and pain. The device, dubbed ACES, or Asynchronous Coded Electronic Skin, is made up of 100 small sensors and is about 1 square cm (0.16 square inch) in size. The researchers at the National University of Singapore say it can process information faster than the human nervous system, is able to recognize 20 to 30 different textures and can read Braille letters with more than 90 percent accuracy. "So humans need to slide to feel texture, but in this case the skin, with just a single touch, is able to detect textures of different roughness," said research team leader Benjamin Tee, adding that AI algorithms let the device learn quickly. A demonstration showed the device could detect that a squishy stress ball was soft, and determine that a solid plastic ball was hard.

Medical Report Generation Using Deep Learning


Image Captioning is a challenging artificial intelligence problem which refers to the process of generating textual description from an image based on the image contents. A common answer would be "A woman playing a guitar". We as humans can look at a picture and describe whatever it is in it, in an appropriate language. For all of us'non-radiologists', a common answer would be "a chest x-ray". Well, we are not wrong but a radiologist might have some different interpretations.

Taking Matters into Your Own Hands


See also the article by Pan et al in this issue. Safwan S. Halabi, MD, is a clinical associate professor of radiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine and serves as the medical director for radiology informatics at Stanford Children's Health. Dr Halabi's clinical and administrative leadership roles are directed at improving quality of care, efficiency, and patient safety. His current academic and research interests include imaging informatics, deep/machine learning in imaging, artificial intelligence in medicine, clinical decision support, and patient-centric health care delivery. Bone age assessment became an early AI "poster child" that demonstrated the power of applying regression and machine learning techniques to a mundane and monotonous radiologic diagnostic task.

Mayo in Mankato adds more robotic surgery options – IAM Network


MANKATO -- Surgeons say the continued expansion of robotic surgery options at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato will allow for more minimally invasive procedures.The health system recently added a new DaVinci Xi robot for the urology, gynecology and general surgery departments. The orthopedic surgery department also received a new robot this week.Surgical staff will train to use the latest technology, with the DaVinci set to debut in August. "It actually gives us a lot more versatility with what we can do," said Dr. Tara Krosch, a general and trauma surgeon, of the new technology. "The focus is still the same though, to allow for more minimally invasive surgeries."Krosch is also vice chair of the health system's clinical practice in surgical specialties. She said Mayo in Mankato went from having two surgeons using robotic surgery to nine over about the last two years.One of the nine surgeons, Dr. Derek Gearman, joined the team last year to provide prostate surgeries.

Elon Musk claims his mysterious brain chip will allow people to hear previously impossible sounds

The Independent - Tech

Elon Musk has revealed more details about his mysterious brain-computer interface startup, claiming it will allow people to hear sounds that were previously beyond their range. Neuralink's brain chip technology could also help restore movement to someone with a fully severed spinal cord, according to Musk. The SpaceX and Tesla boss founded Neuralink in 2016 but has only held one major public presentation about how its technology will actually work. The ultimate aim is to provide a direct connection between a brain and a computer, using a "sewing machine-like" device to stitch threads to an implanted brain chip. A research paper published last year in conjunction with the event explained how these threads would connect to a single USB-C cable to provide "full-bandwidth data streaming" to the brain.

Tech advances coupled with AI can help insurers manage risk, improve underwriting and boost customer experience


In the wake of the pandemic, people have dramatically changed how they live, communicate, work and shop. COVID has also changed how they interact with critical services such as healthcare and insurance. In a time of change and uncertainty, customers are seeking reassurance and easy transitions to the "new normal." Insurers that take advantage of the new data and customer insights this global digital shift has provided can better assess customer claims and applications, and deliver a better experience. Telehealth and telemedicine are booming as medical professionals take their services online.

AI ecosystem in India is evolving at a very rapid pace - Vikas Sood - The Tech Pod


Clove Dental offers a comprehensive set of oral healthcare services, leverages best-in-class equipment, and utilizes the latest pain-management technology to provide affordable healthcare of the highest quality. To establish itself as the industry leader, Clove adheres to the highest standards in clinic safety and hygiene, customer service, and recruiting, with a constant focus on ethics and transparency. Vikas Sood is the Chief Information Officer at Clove Dental. In an interaction with The Tech Pod, Vikas speaks about the future of AI in healthcare. Tell us something about yourself and what does your company do?