Telehealth


Telemedicine via smartphone apps gaining in popularity in Japan

The Japan Times

Remote medical consultation services that connect doctors and patients via smartphones and other devices are spreading across Japan, with their popularity boosted by recent deregulation of telemedicine. Under deregulation in April, health insurance can now be used for such consultations, and health care startups are expected to further accelerate the development of remote health care services that use artificial intelligence amid wider accumulation of health data on individuals. The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry unveiled its vision for developing and utilizing a health care database to support telemedicine applications for remote diagnosis, remote treatment and telesurgery in its proposal titled "The Japan Vision: Health Care 2035," along with changes in the social environment, including a rapidly aging population and the advancement of medical technology. As an experiment for remote consultations, this reporter tried using the health care mobile app called curon, which is operated by Tokyo-based health care startup Micin Inc. After explaining via smartphone that "I have been taking large amounts of painkillers because I have been bothered by frequent headaches and fevers recently," a doctor., who appeared in a videophone call replied, "You'll lessen the strain on your stomach and kidneys if you change your medication."


Lionel Richie says 'hello' to tech investing

USATODAY

Multiple Grammy Award winner Lionel Richie tells USA TODAY's Jefferson Graham about his tech investments including the medical house call app Heal. The legendary Grammy and Academy award-winning singer/songwriter, best known for hits like Hello, All Night Long and Easy, has invested in Heal three times since 2015. He won't disclose the size of his investment but will say that, after a poor experience putting money into Microsoft shortly after it started, "now I'm in it to win it," he says. Heal has raised over $69 million from Richie, former Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs and several others, including Bascom Ventures. With Microsoft, Richie says he realized nearly $1 million on his investment but got out way too early.


Next-gen telehealth: AI, chatbots, genomics and sensors that advance population health

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While the use of telemedicine systems has been expanding in recent years, especially as more payers have begun reimbursing for some telehealth services, the industry is on the verge of more widespread virtual care. But what will that ultimately look like? The next generation of tools will feature enhancements ranging from chatbots, machine learning and genomics to remote diagnostic tools and better sensors. Here's a look at what to expect in the near future. Both machine learning and automation are trying to solve an inherent issue in virtual healthcare: scalability, said Roeen Roashan, senior analyst of digital health at consulting firm IHS.


Embracing AI telemedicine to help doctors develop communities of care

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Some years ago I had an experience that many people can identify with. I needed to see my primary care doctor for an issue I considered urgent but didn't want to wait three to four weeks to get an appointment. The way I see it -- you can remain part of the problem or try to solve it. That's how I came to found Imperium Legacy Technology and develop the iDirectDoc solution. Direct primary care offers healthcare as a service in a membership model, similar to the relationship people have with their gyms or cell phone providers: for a fixed fee, the doctor will cover all of a patient's wellness care.


Former Telemedicine Leader Launches Artificial Intelligence Group

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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.


Former ATA CEO co-heads new alliance for AI in healthcare

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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."


Ada Health gets $47M for AI-powered chatbot, telemedicine app

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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.


Top Five Digital Transformation Trends In Health Care

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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.


Top Five Digital Transformation Trends In Health Care

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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.


Remedy is a Khosla-backed teledoc with A.I. capabilities for the uninsured

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There are quite a few telemedicine startups to choose from these days including Doctor on Demand, HealthTap and even some of the older, more established companies like MDLive or American Well but Remedy is a new one we've just been turned onto promising high-quality doctors at a lower cost per visit with the use of what it refers to as artificial intelligence to help diagnose what ails you. Telemedicine is fast adopting the use of A.I. as an umbrella term in over-the-phone medical help. HealthTap just announced the launch of "Dr. AI," its own version of a smart search algorithm, and Remedy falls into this same category. But much of what is so-called artificial intelligence really depends on how you label what you consider AI.