AI in Healthcare News and Updates May 2022

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

Imagene AI Secures $21.5 Million to Push the Boundaries of Precision Medicine for Cancer
Imagene AI (@Imagene_ai), an emerging leader in the field of AI-based precision medicine for cancer, announced it raised $21.5 million, comprising $3 million in seed funding led by Blumberg Capital and an $18.5 million Series A round led by renowned technology-driven cancer medicine investors Larry Ellison, Dr. David Agus, and AI imaging space pioneer Eyal Gura.

XSOLIS Grows Payer Network by 111% and Hospital Partnerships by 44% to Strengthen Its Payer-Provider Collaboration Network
XSOLIS (@XSOLIS_Health), the artificial intelligence (AI) company solving operational challenges in healthcare for both providers and payers, announced that it has grown its payer network by 111% and its hospital partnerships by 44% in the last year. Payers and providers are leveraging XSOLIS’ flagship CORTEX® platform for real-time machine learning and predictive intelligence to automate case reviews, creating an objective determination of medical necessity that aligns operational decisions across healthcare.

Gridspace awarded Certified Status for information security and compliance by the Health Information Trust (HITRUST)
Gridspace (@gridspaceinc), an industry-leading provider of voice technology and artificial intelligence software, announced that it has received Certified Status for information security and compliance from the Health Information Trust (HITRUST). HITRUST certification is the “gold standard” for all companies that create, access, store or exchange sensitive and regulated data. It is the most widely adopted framework in the healthcare industry since it meets key regulations for protecting highly sensitive patient information and providing risk management mitigation. It is also globally recognized by cyber security and privacy-minded companies beyond healthcare.

Health Education Leaders Launch Continuing Medical Education for Clinicians in Digital Medicine
The Digital Medicine Society (DiMe) (@_DiMeSociety), Rocky Vista University (RVU) College of Medicine, and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) launched a new library of continuing medical education (CME) courses as foundational education for practicing clinicians to learn how to effectively and efficiently leverage new digital approaches to caring for their patients. The Digital Health CME Certificate consists of eight modules on digital health, which clinicians can now sign up for.

Cedars-Sinai Selects Chief Information Officer
Craig Kwiatkowski, PharmD, Prominent Information Technology Expert, will lead efforts throughout Cedars-Sinai Health System. Following an extensive national search, Craig Kwiatkowski, PharmD, has been named senior vice president of Enterprise Information Services, and chief information officer at Cedars-Sinai. An experienced information technology professional, Kwiatkowski brings to the position more than 20 years of experience in academic medical centers. In their press release he is quoted, “I particularly look forward to continue advancing our capabilities in artificial intelligence, machine learning and predictive analytics. There are so many exciting things happening in these areas that offer opportunities to improve patient care.”


UNC Landmark Study Empowers Nurse Midwives to Perform at Level of Trained Sonographers Using Butterfly
Butterfly Network, Inc. (@ButterflyNetInc), a digital health company transforming care with handheld, whole-body ultrasound, announced its position in a new study published in NEJM Evidence, which introduces a significant opportunity to democratize obstetric ultrasound. The study, conducted from September 2018 through June 2021, recruited 4,695 pregnant volunteers in North Carolina and Zambia. The volunteers received blind ultrasound sweeps of the pregnant abdomen alongside standard fetal measurements, collected on both the commercial ultrasound machine and on Butterfly iQ, the company’s handheld, whole-body point-of-care ultrasound probe. Researchers trained a neural network to estimate gestational age from the sweeps.

Ada Health’s Medical AI Solutions Now Available on Epic App Orchard
Ada Health (@adahealth), the global digital health company focused on improving human health on a global scale, is proud to announce that it’s enterprise medical AI solutions are now available in the App Orchard marketplace. Ada’s existing and prospective clients are now able to integrate Ada’s world-class assessment, care navigation and clinical handover tools directly into their own platforms through one of the world’s leading EHR systems to improve health journeys and outcomes for patients.

Blackrock Neurotech acquires spatial computing software firm MindX to commercialize full-stack brain-computer interface product
Blackrock Neurotech (@BlackrockNeuro_), an implantable brain-computer interface technology company backed by world-renowned investors Peter Thiel and Christian Angermeyer, announced the acquisition of spatial computing software firm MindX, integrating the Company’s innovative augmented reality and artificial intelligence technology with Blackrock’s BCI hardware. MindX was created in 2017 by serial health-tech entrepreneur Julia Brown and Catalio Capital Management, a multi-strategy life sciences investment firm.

To Read

Does Health Care AI have a Credibility Problem?By John Halamka MD & Paul Cerrato (@MayoPlatform) – Many physicians ignore the recommendations provided by machine learning algorithms because they don’t trust them. A few imaginative software enhancements may give them more confidence in an algorithm’s diagnostic and therapeutic suggestions. While developers continue to provide innovative AI tools that have the potential to redefine the practice of medicine, most physicians and nurses do not have the background in data science required to fully grasp what’s “under the hood,” one reason why many hesitate to incorporate the diagnostic and treatment recommendations coming from these algorithms.

Is AI Fall Prevention Taking Over Telesitting?By Rose Watson (@VirtuSense) – As technology has become more and more entrenched in the medical world, telesitters have become a go-to solution for hospitals trying to reduce falls without the cost of in-person sitters. Telesitters use live video feed from hospital rooms to watch several patients at once, usually 12-16 patients per sitter, but sometimes up to 57. But is this still the most cost-effective way to maintain patient safety?

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