Microsoft and digital health: AI, IoT and cloud computing point the way to personalised care


Think tech and health and you might think of Apple's work on chronic disease, Amazon's plans to create a Prime for healthcare, or even Google-affiliated Calico Labs' attempts to defeat death itself. Microsoft might not be front of mind. But while the other tech giants have been grabbing the headlines around digital health, Microsoft hasn't been neglecting the sector: in fact, health is now a multi-billion-dollar business for Redmond. And there are signs that there is plenty more to come. Let's start with the hardware.

IoT, patient engagement, RCM, genomics, deep learning among new tech at HIMSS19


VivaLNK, a connected healthcare technology vendor, has introduced its Internet of Things-enabled medical wearable Sensor Platform, which comes with a range of sensors, edge computing technologies and an "Internet of Health Things" data cloud. This platform captures human vitals and biometrics, and delivers data from the patient to edge computing devices, as well as to the cloud, for application integration and analysis. Available through the VivaLNK Developer Program, the Sensor Platform enables IoT technology partners to capture streams of patient data such as heart and respiratory rates, temperature, ECG rhythms, activity and more. Partners such as Vitalic Medical, a digital health vendor specialising in the early detection of patient health deterioration and potential falls, is developing a bedside monitoring system using the platform. "Our growing aging patient population, rising complex health conditions and increasing staff workloads make it challenging for medical professionals to detect early signs of patient deterioration and prevent falls," Sue Dafnias, CEO of Vitalic Medical, said.

Artificial Intelligence: What to Expect in 2019 - Data Matters


"Every aspect of our lives will be transformed [by AI]", potentially "the biggest event in the history of our civilization" -Stephen Hawking We are already seeing the tremendous inroads that Artificial Intelligence (AI) has made in virtually every industry. Despite AI's rapid expansion, the Artificial Intelligence technology itself is still evolving. AI points towards a future where machines not only do physical work, as they have done since the industrial revolution, but also the "thinking" work – planning, strategizing, prioritizing and making decisions. In fact, the definition of what is considered Artificial Intelligence keeps shifting. What used to be called AI even several years ago is now just widely used and familiar technology, and no longer resides under the AI umbrella.

How Artificial Intelligence Will Help Transform Personal Health in 2019 - Digital Health


Consider just a few examples: Continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) can provide glucose readings to diabetics and others once every five minutes; genome sequencing is becoming less expensive at a faster rate than once projected, with some payers like Geisinger even offering it free of charge, providing us with invaluable genetic information which can be utilized in the quest to cure a plethora of maladies; and continuous blood pressure monitors will soon enable consumers to see how blood pressure changes with daily activities. Add these and many other data sets to the streamlined access doctors and medical facilities have to previously siloed medical information, and it is easy to comprehend why scientists, doctors, and health administrators and digital health entrepreneurs alike are dazzled by the prospects of this new era of medical data.

How Governments are Transforming with Artificial Intelligence -


Major technologies like AI, cloud computing, big data, robotics, blockchain had drawn the attention of the private sector. To make the business more productive and increase the efficiency these technologies took a major part. At present, the government is trying to implement many AI applications and many are in progress right now. The best example of AI in smartphones is Siri but there are more applications other than that.AI will help the machines to learn by themselves and make a smart decision just like humans. All the time consuming and repetitive tasks are taken away by AI.

Meet the brain Macron tasked with turning France into an AI leader


In his office in Paris's National Assembly, Cédric Villani opens a parcel: it contains a metallic spider. "Lovely," he says, putting it on a shelf, where a collection of spider-shaped objects sits next to his scientific decorations and a photo of him with Mark Zuckerberg. Villani is on a mission. Well, on several missions: the French mathematician, winner of the 2010 Fields Medal – often described as maths' Nobel Prize – sits as an MP for Emmanuel Macron's party La République en Marche, teaches at the University of Lyon, and is running for the Paris 2020 mayoralty. But the expert in mathematical analysis, famous for his academic achievements as well as for wearing spider-shaped pins on his three-piece suits, has a bigger goal: making France a leader in artificial intelligence.

Pope talks AI ethics with Microsoft head Smith - ET CIO


Vatican City-Pope Francis debated the potential threats artificial intelligence poses to humanity with the head of Microsoft on Wednesday, ahead of a robotics summit at the Vatican, it said. "In the wrong hands, every instrument can become a weapon if the organisational power of humanity cannot keep up with the technology itself," Microsoft head Brad Smith said in an interview ahead of the papal meeting. With Francis he discussed "artificial intelligence at the service of the common good and activities aimed at bridging the digital divide that still persists at the global level," the Vatican said. The pontiff had urged world leaders gathered in Davos last year to ensure that AI "contribute(s) to the service of humanity and to the protection of our common home, rather than to the contrary". Smith told the Vatican's L'Osservatore Romano newspaper that "in order to ensure people have confidence in technology, we must think beyond the technology itself".

Cognetivity Advancing AI Platform to Detect Mental Health Disorders INN


Sina Habibi, CEO of Cognetivity Neurosciences, spoke with INN about the company's partnership with DPUK and additional plans for 2019. At the recent Cantech Investment Conference, Sina Habibi, CEO of Cognetivity Neurosciences (CSE:CGN,OTCQB:CGNSF) spoke with the Investing News Network (INN) about the company's partnership with the Dementia Platform UK (DPUK) and additional plans for 2019. Habibi said the company will be putting more efforts into its artificial intelligence (AI) platform and collecting more data as it seeks to train its solutions to detect mental health disorders, like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). As it currently stands, Cognetivity is using AI and machine learning to aid in the early detection of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. On that note, in addition to the DPUK partnership, Habibi spoke to INN about a health application the company has that could be launched by the end of 2019.

Brave New World: Everything Gets Smarter When 5G and AI Combine


Now is an exciting time to be an engineer or technology enthusiast. We're starting to see ideas that were talked about as only concepts in science fiction making their way to the mainstream. Many of these new flashy technologies, like the self-driving car, will be enabled in some way, shape, or form by 5G. The epitome of science-fiction technology, though, is artificial intelligence (AI). It's the robot that will interact with us, or in the case of some horror films, be humanity's ultimate downfall.

Can AI Cure What Ails Health Insurance?


But by 2017, that price tag had ballooned to $3.5 trillion flowing to and from insurers, Medicare and Medicaid via patient premiums and claims payouts to healthcare providers and drug companies. All told, keeping the U.S. healthcare system spinning took six billion insurance-related transactions (an increase of 1.2 billion transactions from 2016), according to the nonprofit Council of Affordable Quality Healthcare. Could artificial intelligence (AI) technologies help control the industry's rising costs and tsunami of paperwork? Insurers could save up to $7 billion over 18 months using AI-driven technologies by streamlining administrative processes, according to a recent Accenture study. By automating routine business tasks alone, the study projects that health insurers could save $15 million per 100 full-time employees.