Xavier University debuts center to advance AI use in healthcare


Xavier Health, formed in 2008, is a center in the College of Professional Sciences charged with making a difference in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries by building bridges between the industries and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Center for AI is a collaborative effort involving all three of Xavier's colleges – Arts & Sciences, Professional Sciences and the Williams College of Business – presenting new academic opportunities for students across the campus, the center said. Xavier said it will lead representatives from the medical device and pharmaceutical industries and the FDA to further develop artificial intelligence to promote and protect patient health. "But it's been used for years in many applications and has tremendous potential to make a difference in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries."

Artificial intelligence predicts dementia before onset of symptoms


Scientists from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute's Translational Neuroimaging Laboratory at McGill used artificial intelligence techniques and big data to develop an algorithm capable of recognizing the signatures of dementia two years before its onset, using a single amyloid PET scan of the brain of patients at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Pedro Rosa-Neto, co-lead author of the study and Associate Professor in McGill's departments of Neurology & Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, expects that this technology will change the way physicians manage patients and greatly accelerate treatment research into Alzheimer's disease. This will greatly reduce the cost and the time necessary to conduct these studies," adds Dr. Serge Gauthier, co-lead author and Professor of Neurology & Neurosurgery and Psychiatry at McGill. To conduct their study, the McGill researchers drew on data available through the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), a global research effort in which participating patients agree to complete a variety of imaging and clinical assessments.

Fear Not the Future: Humanity Needs Artificial Intelligence, and That's a Good Thing


As the amount of data in the world multiplies, AI will only improve in helping us increase efficiency, save lives, reduce errors, solve complex problems and make better decisions in real time. Perhaps best known for defeating a chess master and winning the game show Jeopardy, IBM's Watson computer has also proven incredibly adept at connecting disparate pieces of information from medical journals, helping doctors save time and better treat their patients. Businesses are starting to use "voice prints" to quickly identify their customers over the phone, helping service reps save time and remove the customer frustration that comes with answering a myriad of security questions. Instead, by helping us better analyze data and make quicker, smarter decisions, it will help us realize our true potential and achieve previously unimaginable new heights.

SAPVoice: How To Improve Precision Medicine with Machine Learning


Pharmacists will be crucial in precision medicine, tracking how a specific medication affects individuals differently -- and better managing patients' entire drug profiles. "Pharmacists provide value to clinical decisions for precision medicines because they understand and can manage patients' entire drug profile," Murray Aitken, executive director of the QuintilesIMS Institute, stated in The Pharmaceutical Journal on Thursday. Internet of Things (IoT) sensors can track personalized medication that requires special handling, monitoring a parcel's location, temperature, light exposure, humidity, barometric pressure and shock. Internet of Things (IoT) sensors can monitor location, temperature, light exposure, humidity, barometric pressure and shock, as well as security to guard against theft and counterfeiting.

Note to Healthcare: Step Up and Embrace Machine Learning


I know some, but not all, of you are aware that in late 2016 my wife, Christine, was diagnosed with something called "common variable immune disorder," or CVID, after being sick for the better part of three years. Diagnostic Blinders In June, we attended a conference hosted by the Immune Deficiency Foundation, and there we met others who have similar illnesses to Christine's. In addition, doctors are great at finding common problems, but have a problem finding uncommon ones -- and most immunity problems fall into the latter category. I'm no doctor, but in my opinion professionals in healthcare should view machine learning as another tool that can help diagnose patients faster -- and thus lead to better quality care.

Applying machine learning to radiotherapy planning for head & neck cancer DeepMind


Advances in treatment such as radiotherapy have improved survival rates, but because of the high number of delicate structures concentrated in this area of the body, clinicians have to plan treatment extremely carefully to ensure none of the vital nerves or organs are damaged. So with clinicians in UCLH's world-leading radiotherapy team we are exploring whether machine learning methods could reduce the amount of time it takes to plan radiotherapy treatment for such cancers. Our collaboration will see us carefully analyse anonymised scans from up to seven hundred former patients at UCLH, to determine the potential for machine learning to make radiotherapy planning more efficient. Clinicians will remain responsible for deciding radiotherapy treatment plans but it is hoped that the segmentation process could be reduced from up to four hours to around an hour.

UK scientists shrink robots for keyhole operations

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A British company hopes to revolutionise keyhole surgery – with a robot a third the size of existing devices. Cambridge Medical Robotics claim that their robot arm, which is controlled by a surgeon, will be suitable for use in delicate keyhole surgical operations. Robot arms are considered an improvement on human surgeons because they can have a greater range of movement than a human arm. Robot arms are considered an improvement on human surgeons because they can have a greater range of movement than a human arm.

Using machine learning to improve patient care

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"The goal is to leverage data from medical records to improve health care and predict actionable interventions." Another team developed an approach called "EHR Model Transfer" that can facilitate the application of predictive models on an electronic health record (EHR) system, despite being trained on data from a different EHR system. EHR Model Transfer was found to outperform baseline approaches and demonstrated better transfer of predictive models across EHR versions compared to using EHR-specific events alone. In the future, the EHR Model Transfer team plans to evaluate the system on data and EHR systems from other hospitals and care settings.

IBM Watson CTO on Why Augmented Intelligence Beats AI


It's a component that, in the case of speech, is focused strictly on the problem of trying to take your speech and recognize what words you've expressed in that speech, or take an image and try and identify what's in the image, or take language and attempt to understand what its meaning is, or take a conversation and participate in that. The probabilistic nature of these systems is founded on the fact that they are based on machine learning or deep learning, and those algorithms have to be taught how to recognize the patterns that represent meaning within a set of signals, which you do by providing data, data that represents examples of that situation that you've had before where you've been able to label that as saying, "When I hear that combination of sounds, it means this word. Then we go into what we call the standard of care practices, which are relatively well-defined techniques that doctors share on how they're going to treat different patients for different kinds of diseases, recognizing that those are really designed for the average person. We can take the best doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering who had the benefit of seeing literally thousands of patients a year around the same disease from which they've developed this tremendous expertise, capture that in the cognitive system, bring that out to a community or regional clinic setting where those doctors may not have had as much time working with the same disease across a large number of different patients, giving them the opportunity to benefit from that expertise that's now been captured in the cognitive system.

New AI system can decode your brain signals


BERLIN: Scientists have developed a new artificial intelligence system that can decode brain signals, an advance that may help severely paralysed patients communicate with their thoughts. Researchers from University Hospital Freiburg in Germany led by neuroscientist Tonio Ball showed how a self-learning algorithm decodes human brain signals that were measured by an electroencephalogram (EEG). The system could be used for early detection of epileptic seizures, communicating with severely paralysed patients or make automatic neurological diagnosis. "Our software is based on brain-inspired models that have proven to be most helpful to decode various natural signals such as phonetic sounds," said Robin Tibor Schirrmeister, University Hospital Freiburg.