AI in Healthcare News and Updates

Our monthly report on AI, ML, DL, and NLP in healthcare looks at who, what, where, and how the use of artificial intelligence is changing healthcare for the better. We will bring you some of the latest news and product information along with thought leader posts and our AI playlist of episodes from Healthcare NOW Radio.

In the News

Profluent Secures $35M in Additional Funding and Key Industry Experts to Scale Foundational AI Models for Biomedicine and Tackle First Vertical in Gene Editing
Profluent, an AI-first protein design company, announced the close of additional funding to bring the total raised to $44M. The $35M financing was led by Spark Capital, with participation from existing investors Insight Partners and Air Street Capital along with a syndicate of angel investors from OpenAI, Salesforce, Octant Bio, and Google including Jeff Dean, Chief Scientist of Google DeepMind. The company previously raised $9M from Insight Partners, Air Street Capital, AIX Ventures, and Convergent Ventures.

GE HealthCare Accelerates AI Innovation with Healthcare-Specific Foundation Models Powered by NVIDIA
Building on a long-term artificial intelligence (AI) collaboration, GE HealthCare used NVIDIA technology to develop its recent research model SonoSAMTrack, which combines a promptable foundation model for segmenting objects on ultrasound images called SonoSAM. SonoSAMTrack focuses on segmenting anatomies, lesions, and other essential areas in ultrasound images. SonoSAMLite is a streamlined version of SonoSAMTrack.

Xsolis Becomes America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Affiliate Organization Member
Xsolis, the AI-driven technology company with a human-centered approach, fostering collaboration between healthcare providers and payers, has announced that it has joined America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) as a 2024 Affiliate Organization Member.

Tempus Contributes De-Identified Cancer Data to Planned Data Enclave
Tempus, an artificial intelligence and precision medicine company, announced a generous data contribution of de-identified tumor profiles with limited associated clinical information from more than 3,000 cancer diagnoses to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This is a first of its kind contribution to NCI’s planned Data Enclave and will support the NCI’s mission of advancing cancer research by learning from each individual with cancer.

SnapCare Wins Best Use of Technology Award at the 2024 TIARA Staffing Awards 
SnapCare™ has been recognized for the Best Use of Technology at the 2024 TIARA Staffing Awards for its comprehensive AI-enabled workforce marketplace solution for healthcare facilities and clinicians that takes excess costs out of healthcare staffing.


All-New AI-Powered EHR Software from Health Information Management Systems Redefines Integrated Health Care
Health Information Management Systems (HiMS) unveiled AxiomEHR, an all-new, AI-powered electronic health record (EHR) solution with a unique architecture that supports data-based decision-making, flexible care coordination, and overall resilience to drive quality-based care.

Ontrak Health Announces the Launch of the Ontrak Advanced Engagement System, Ushering in the Next Era of AI-enabled Behavioral Healthcare
Ontrak Health, an AI-powered and tech-enabled behavioral healthcare company, announced the launch of its Ontrak Advanced Engagement System. This system integrates Augmented Intelligence (AI) with an evidence-based clinical framework to deliver human-centered, personalized member engagement.

Together by Renee, the all-in-one AI health assistant, improves care for aging Americans with the new Together Companion personal chatbot
Together by Renee, an AI-based health assistant, unveiled its latest groundbreaking feature: the Together Companion, the first-ever AI-powered accurate, personal chatbot, which provides conversational, personalized answers and guidance to users based on their care plans, recordings, vitals, medications and much more. The Together Companion helps users stay on track toward following their care plans and achieving better health. The introduction of the Together Companion closely follows the ranking of Together by Renee as No. 10 in the wellness and personal care category on Fast Company’s 2024 Most Innovative Companies list.

TrueRx: AI-Powered Monitoring and Alert System Is the Industry’s First Prescription for Fraud
DrFirst’s new prescription monitoring solution – TrueRx – will give the nation’s pharmacies their first-ever standardized alert system to protect against prescriber identity and prescription fraud. Backed by AI-enabled digital fingerprint technology, the health tech pioneer’s latest, patent-pending innovation shores up a longstanding point of vulnerability: the risk of a prescriber’s identity information being used by bad actors to gain access to medical credentials and commit prescription fraud. There has been no system to aid pharmacists who receive fraudulent prescriptions.

Talkdesk Extends AI and Integration Capabilities in Healthcare, Adds Talkdesk Autopilot for Healthcare with New Use Cases and Deeper Integration Support
Talkdesk®, Inc., a global AI-powered contact center leader for enterprises of all sizes, continues to make it faster and easier for organizations to take advantage of generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) to unlock powerful new efficiencies in the contact center. Accelerating its vision of autonomous customer experience (CX) and building on the recent announcement of Talkdesk Autopilot, the company introduced Talkdesk Autopilot for Healthcare, the next generation of its iconic virtual agent specifically developed to handle patient and member use cases. Talkdesk Autopilot for Healthcare was launched today at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Global Health Conference and Exhibition.

ThinkAndor® AI-first Technology Poised to Reshape Care Delivery with Ambient Nursing and Staff Documentation
Andor Health, the AI company reimagining virtual care, continues to innovate and push the boundaries of how AI can be used to modernize care delivery. ThinkAndor’s groundbreaking AI-first approach is reshaping the landscape of patient care, first with collaboration and observation, and now expanding capabilities to include ambient documentation. Leveraging cutting-edge AI, ThinkAndor® supports an AI-first conversational documentation solution for ambient nursing and staff documentation. This innovative capability simplifies the documentation process while enabling nurses and staff members to focus on patient care, leading to enhanced satisfaction among both patients and staff.

MedeAnalytics Introduces Value-Based Care Administration, an Integrated Analytics and AI-Enabled Contract Management, Payment and Billing Solution at Scale
MedeAnalytics, a healthcare analytics software-as-a-service (SaaS) leader enabling clinical, financial and operational analytics for healthcare providers, payers, payviders, employers, and other key stakeholders in the ecosystem, announced it showcased its newest solution, Value-Based Care Administration, at the 2024 HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida. This advanced offering, built collaboratively with HSBlox as part of an exclusive partnership, supports healthcare organizations from a contract management perspective wherever they are on their value-based care journey, providing easy management of many-to-many hierarchies between entities in a network (network of networks) while harmonizing and implementing all payment models (including value-based and fee-for-service) with unprecedented ability to scale across the healthcare ecosystem.

To Read

Up the AI Without a PaddleBy David R. Burda, 4sightHealth – As governments, government agencies, lawmakers, technology companies, special interest groups and consumer watchdogs debate how to regulate healthcare artificial intelligence generally and generative AI specifically, a lesser debate is taking place inside the four walls of our health systems. If you listen in on that debate within health systems, the conversation is a little scary, especially if you’re a patient. That’s my takeaway from a new report from the Center for Connected Medicine and KLAS Research. The 24-page report is based on a survey of 35 healthcare executives from 34 different health systems.

Machine learning, quantum computing may transform health care, including diagnosing pneumoniaBy Stacey Federoff – Pneumonia, an infection in the lungs that causes difficulty breathing, is most commonly diagnosed through chest X-rays. Typically, those chest X-rays are read by radiologists, but workforce shortages mean that in the future, it could be harder to get a diagnosis in a timely manner. Additionally, early and accurate diagnosis of pneumonia is important as it accounts for about 15% of deaths in children younger than 5 years old, according to the World Health Organization. That’s where machine learning comes in, said Sridhar Tayur, Ford Distinguished Research Chair and University Professor of Operations Management in Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business.

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