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Google Launches a New Medical App--Outside the US

WIRED

Now, Google is preparing to launch an app that uses image recognition algorithms to provide more expert and personalized help. A brief demo at the company's developer conference last month showed the service suggesting several possible skin conditions based on uploaded photos. Machines have matched or outperformed expert dermatologists in studies in which algorithms and doctors scrutinize images from past patients. But there's little evidence from clinical trials deploying such technology, and no AI image analysis tools are approved for dermatologists to use in the US, says Roxana Daneshjou, a Stanford dermatologist and researcher in machine learning and health. "Many don't pan out in the real world setting," she says.


Artificial Intelligence In Healthcare And How It's Transforming The Industry

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We have enjoyed the power of technology in the past few decades, and we saw it progress. From the gadgets that we use daily to make our life more convenient to the medical field and healthcare, we have been enjoying the technology of artificial intelligence to make things easier. Let's dive in on how we're using this and how we can use it in the future. The future of healthcare is here as we are using artificial intelligence in diagnostics and treatment. It could only mean that we can expect the advancements in technology in this field to rise further and faster.


Hong Kong researchers create artificial skin that mimics bruising by turning purple when hit

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Scientists in Hong Kong have developed artificial skin that bruises like the real thing. The material, called I-skin, could be used on artificial limbs to alert users they have damaged their prosthetics. It's embedded with a gel that turns from yellow to welt-like purple when subjected to physical stress. Volunteers wearing strips of I-skin on their fingers, hands and knees repeatedly banged the appendage against a wall, proving the'bruise' would appear if enough force was used. Scientists in Hong Kong have developed an artificial skin that will mimic the discoloration of a bruise if hit hard enough.


Global Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging Market To Hit $1,579.33 Million by 2028

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Microsoft has big plans for healthcare, and it's taking a different path to the rest of big tech

ZDNet

Healthcare seems to be top of the to-do lists of CEOs of tech's biggest companies: Amazon is launching its own healthcare business, Apple's turning the iPhone into a patient engagement and diagnostics tool, while Google's parent company Alphabet is betting heavily on healthcare through its investment arm, AI and analytics. And the other big tech giant isn't getting left behind either: Microsoft has also got big plans. It's been looking at healthcare in the hope that technology could play a role in helping to address some of the health industry's most pressing problems. Here's a look at the best, most advanced fitness trackers for runners, athletes, and pros. "Some of the longest-standing challenges are around disconnectedness of data, disconnectedness of care teams, and frankly disconnectedness of patients to their own care," says Tom McGuinness, corporate VP of global healthcare & life sciences at Microsoft.


Synthetic Data: Changing Race In Facial Images To Address Bias In Medical Datasets

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UCLA Researchers have developed a method to change the apparent race of faces in datasets that are used to train medical machine learning systems, in an attempt to redress the racial bias that many common datasets suffer from. The new technique is capable of producing photorealistic and physiologically accurate synthetic video at an average rate of 0.005 seconds per frame, and is hoped to aid the development of new diagnostics systems for remote healthcare diagnosis and monitoring – a field that has expanded greatly under COVID restrictions. The system is intended to improve the applicability of remote photoplethysmography (rPPG), a computer vision technique that evaluates facial video content to detect volumetric changes in blood supply in a non-invasive manner. Though the work, which utilizes convolutional neural networks (CNNs), incorporates previous research code published by the UK's Durham University in 2020, the new application is intended to preserve pulsatile signals in the original test data, rather than just visually changing the apparent race of the data, as the 2020 research does. The first part of the encoder-decoder system uses the Durham race transfer model, pre-trained on VGGFace2, to generate proxy target frames with the prior Caucasian-to-African component of the Durham research.


Researcher brings new artificial intelligence applications to medicine

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Negin Ashouri is on a mission to elevate women's quality of life, one medical device at a time. Even the challenges of a global pandemic haven't stopped the up-and-coming entrepreneur from advancing a first-of-its-kind technology that is enabling her to do just that. Ashouri's made-to-measure, biodegradable and disposable intravaginal prosthetic for women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse has earned her a prestigious award from Mitacs. Ashouri was presented the Mitacs Change Agent Entrepreneur Award at a virtual awards ceremony on June 10. She was one of five Mitacs Entrepreneur Award winners recognized for their efforts to turn their research into an innovative business that impacts the lives of Canadians.



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How femtech is putting women's healthcare front and centre

ZDNet

Women may make up half of the world's population, yet the technological innovations designed specifically to target women's health have been more than lacklustre. However, there is no denying that the female technology (femtech) sector, which has long been underfunded and overlooked, is having a real moment. Increasingly, mobile health solutions, telehealth, and wearable devices are being made readily available to address everything from menstrual care, fertility, pregnancy care, to menopause and geriatric care, and general health and wellness. Frost and Sullivan predicts the global femtech market revenue will increase at a compound growth annual rate of nearly 13% and reach $1.1 billion by 2024. Separately, BIS Research forecasts by 2030 the sector will hit $3.04 billion. Despite the expected uptick, the constraints for founders who are looking to break into the market -- and who so happen to be mainly women -- are still very real and apparent.