Precision Medicine

As part of its $5 million pandemic response, Amazon is placing more than 8,000 of its Echo Dot devices across dozens of senior-living facilities in parts of California and Washington State.

AI enthusiasts have varying aims and incentives for pushing the technology into healthcare, but many parrot a common set of justifications. Do any of these sound familiar?

After seeing telehealth visits skyrocket 3,700% in April over March—most of them COVID-related—UPMC is touting its use of AI to help patients retain and apply doctors’ guidance offered during virtual visits.

U.S. healthcare leadership missed opportunities for optimally promoting public health fairly early on in the present pandemic.

Despite the inroads AI has made into many medical specialties, the technology has failed to find a foothold in primary care. Why is that?

Fresh off an investment infusion of $25 million, a tech startup has launched an ambitious virtual consortium to seek “breakthrough medical discoveries and actionable findings” for the global battle against COVID-19. 

IBM has launched a blockchain-based network for healthcare organizations and government agencies looking to quickly find and hire alternative supply-chain sources during the public-health crisis set off by the COVID-19 outbreak.

For champions of AI in healthcare, the COVID-19 crisis affords an unignorable opportunity to trumpet the technology’s current contributions while directing attention to its potential for helping fight public-health crises to come.

Intermountain Healthcare, the sprawling 24-hospital system based in Utah, is partnering with a supplier of healthcare-specific virtual assistants to offer patients an automated COVID-19 interface on Intermountain’s homepage.

Stanford researchers had been working for years on an AI-powered system to monitor elderly patients at home when the coronavirus outbreak became a global crisis. Now their work is not just nifty but needed.

A tech giant is offering a free hand to healthcare experts working in various fields that could be tapping tireless AI rather than overworked humans to answer questions from the general public on COVID-19.

When Windy City residents send out tweets containing the term “food poisoning,” an algorithm offers a form for sharing details with Chicago’s public-health officials. Why not do the same with keywords like “cough,” “fever” and “trouble breathing” to help track COVID-19?

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Two different companies announced that they are recalling all lots of the medication. 

CardioSmart, an online resource for both patients and clinicians, has a new editor. 

The funding includes $8.5 billion in American Rescue Plan resources for providers who treat Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program and Medicare patients.

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