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Breakthrough in safety-critical machine learning could be just the beginning

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Safety is the central focus on driverless vehicle systems development. Artificial intelligence (AI) is coming at us fast. It's being used in the apps and services we plug into daily without us really noticing, whether it's a personalized ad on Facebook, or Google recommending how you sign off your email. If these applications fail, it may result in some irritation to the user in the worst case. But we are increasingly entrusting AI and machine learning to safety-critical applications, where system failure results in a lot more than a slight UX issue.


A Silver Lining of COVID-19: Innovation Super Evolution - Techonomy

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If the pandemic has taught the world anything, it's that we are capable of moving much, much faster to make change. By one measure, 42 percent of the workforce in America alone was working from home in June. Now, as we seek to combat COVID-19, 155 vaccines are in development, including 10 vaccines undergoing phase 3 trials; many of these teams are already achieving encouraging results in remarkably short order. Several 1,000-bed hospitals were built in China in just over a week. Doctors are seeing 50 to 175 times the number of patients via telemedicine as they did pre-COVID.


How Nvidia (NVDA) Is Supporting Telemedicine And Building A Digital Health Ecosystem

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The novel coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed doctor-patient dynamics worldwide. On one hand, healthcare workers and doctors are tirelessly working to treat COVID patients, while on the other, elderly patients and those with chronic diseases who need routine medical check-ups are faced with increased vulnerability and the risk of contracting coronavirus during regular hospital visits. While all of this is going on, patients with milder symptoms are being encouraged to use telehealth platforms to alleviate the strain on hospital facilities. A part of the solution to all these problems is one word: telemedicine. Here's a look at what telemedicine is, and how Nvidia (NVDA) is supporting it as the broader digital health ecosystem.


AI Will Give Your Doctor Superpowers

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It manages our phones and homes, helps us navigate, and advises us what to watch, read, listen to, and buy. Soon it will transform our health, says trauma surgeon and data-science expert Rachael Callcut, MD, MSPH. There is a certain amount of bias that we, as humans, bring to any clinical scenario: Without even realizing it, we may look past critical pieces of information that could help our patients get better. AI, which is essentially a computer algorithm that learns from data, can uncover patterns that we can't see – either because of those biases or because the human brain simply can't assimilate the vast quantity of medical data that is now available from hospital sensors and other digital health devices. Ultimately, AI promises to reduce human error and make our care more efficient, which will improve outcomes for our patients.


Want to Decode the Human Brain? There's a New System for That, and It's Pretty Wild

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Even for high-tech California, the man strolling around UCLA was a curious sight. His motion capture suit, sensor-embedded gloves, and virtual reality eyewear were already enough to turn heads. But what stopped people in their tracks and made them stare was a bizarre headgear, tightly strapped to his head through a swimming cap-like device embedded with circular electrode connectors. Several springy wires sprouted from the headgear--picture a portable hard drive hooked up to a police siren enclosure--and disappeared into a backpack. Meet Mo-DBRS, a setup that could fundamentally change how we decode the human brain.


Sam's Club offers doctor visits with new telehealth subscription while Walmart pilots COVID-19 test drone delivery

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Sam's Club is giving its members a new way to see the doctor – virtually. The Walmart-owned warehouse club chain announced a partnership with Seattle-based virtual primary care provider 98point6 Tuesday to provide members with an exclusive introductory fee and quarterly subscription. Sam's Club members with either a Club or Plus membership level can sign up for a quarterly subscription to 98point6's telehealth virtual clinic via a text-based app for $20 per participant for the first three months, $10 less than 98point6's regular sign-up fee of $30. With the subscription, unlimited virtual visits are $1 each with "access to U.S. board-certified doctors 24 hours a day and seven days a week," the retailer said in a news release. Walmart raises:Walmart increasing pay for approximately 165,000 hourly workers across U.S. stores, introducing new roles The quarterly subscription costs increase to $33.50 every three months per participant after the first three months.


How AI can Change the Future of Telemedicine

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Artificial Intelligence and telemedicine are no more diverse. It has helped the digital health industry to emerge high from the scratch. This article outlines the various work areas of telemedicine and how Artificial Intelligence can change the life of healthcare systems even with challenges over the years. When in 1955, John McCarthy came up with the name "Artificial Intelligence" who had thought one day we would be diagnosing our health through the internet to distant locations? It was a dream by then, but not anymore.


Researchers Decode Brain Scans To Generate Text

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Last month, Elon Musk's Neuralink demonstrated that it is possible to monitor brain activity from our phones. There were speculations around Neuralink of what potential it has for the future generations. Decoding brain signals has great implications in medicine. A disabled person can be assisted, can understand what a speechless person is feeling and more. So, can we know what someone is thinking?


Golden Era of Digital Healthcare

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Many experts have already started contemplating that the damage due to COVID19 that is apparently visible today; may its economy, social, political or other aspects of our lives, is just the tip of the iceberg, and the gigantic submerged part is yet to be realized by the world and will be visible gradually post-COVID. I am praying that this prediction comes out wrong, otherwise it's not going to be any less than a horrible nightmare for all of us. On the contrary, probably the biggest positive aspect that COVID has attributed and initiated so far is that, it acted as a wakeup alarm for the entire world to focus on the healthcare systems. It brutally proved that healthcare and medicine today is far behind to fight against a pandemic or any biological warfare, the possibility of which cannot be ignored in the future. COVID has proven that in this highly connected world we should be concerned about everything that is happening even in the remotest corner of the world, because the same can come and knock at your door the very next day.


What America's Latest Covid-19 Sentiment Says About The Future Of Digital Healthcare

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The healthcare industry is going through one of its biggest changes ever: in a few short months, it's gone digital. As consumers shy away from hospitals and doctor's offices during the pandemic, digital solutions that offer patients high-touch experiences are emerging as a true force. But even so, there remains uncertainty as to what the landscape of digital healthcare will look like once we return to normal. To help answer this question, my colleague Phil Rist and I spoke with Larry Cheng, Managing Partner of Volition Capital, a growth equity firm that invests in software, Internet, and consumer companies, most notably in leading online pet food retailer, Chewy.com Recently, Volition Capital invested in Medly Pharmacy, a full-service digital pharmacy that provides free, same-day medication delivery and has filled more than 500,000 prescriptions since its formation in 2017.