Software Advice Summaries of Medical News

By: on December 16, 2019

By: Lisa Hedges and Rahul Kumar

Read this roundup of healthcare news articles to learn about what’s happening in the world of medicine and how this news will impact your practice.

Week of December 16, 2019


Philips and Paige offer AI tools to pathologists for cancer detection, Northwell chatbot addresses no-show rates, and more healthcare news

Parascript and BRYJ to bring advanced document automation to healthcare
Parascript, which offers automated document identification solutions, has collaborated with BRYJ, a solution and consultation provider aiming to streamline healthcare workflows. The partnership will bring the healthcare industry access to cutting-edge document automation technology utilizing Parascript’s smart learning capture.
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Philips to offer Paige.AI’s cancer detection technology
Philips and computational pathology solution provider Paige have come together to put artificial intelligence in the hands of pathologists. As part of the collaboration, Philips will begin offering Paige’s prostate cancer detection technology to European pathology labs in 2020. The two have partnered to create end-to-end oncology workflows and enhance the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. [Read more]

Northwell launches chatbot to address no-show rates
Healthcare network Northwell Health has introduced a text- and email-based chatbot to reduce no-show rates for colonoscopies scheduled at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Southside Hospital. Based on the automated platform from Conversera Health, the program uses artificial intelligence to address colonoscopy-related questions and concerns and discuss the benefits of the procedure. [Read more]

Senators urge healthcare organizations to combat racial bias in AI algorithms
Two U.S. Senators have asked the Trump administration and some of the country’s largest health insurers to look into potential racial predisposition in healthcare data algorithms. Letters were sent out to several organizations citing a study (published in the Oct 25 issue of Science Magazine) that examined racial bias in an algorithm used to manage the health of populations. [Read more]


Week of December 9, 2019


Amazon introduces voice transcription technology for doctors, Cerner builds machine learning platform on Amazon Web Services, and more healthcare news

GE Healthcare expands into 3D printing, robotics, and patient monitoring
GE Healthcare recently collaborated with Formlabs, CMR Surgical, and Decisio Health to push innovations in 3D printing, robotics, and patient monitoring. Formlabs’ radiologists will utilize GE Healthcare’s Advantage Workstation to produce 3D CT or MRI data for 3D printing. GE Healthcare also participated in the funding for CMR Surgical’s Versius robotic system that aims to reduce trauma and speed up recovery times for patients. The collaboration with Decisio Health will help improve clinical decision-making by merging patients’ electronic medical records with real-time data such as blood pressure. [Read more]

Amazon introduces voice transcription technology for doctors
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has disclosed a new machine learning-powered service called Amazon Transcribe Medical that will convert doctor-patient interactions into text. The service is also HIPAA-eligible. Vice president of artificial intelligence at AWS, Matt Wood, said that the company aims to allow doctors have more time to pay attention “to where it should be directed.” [Read more]

Cerner builds machine learning platform on Amazon Web Services
With the aim to enrich patient care experience and address healthcare costs, health IT company Cerner has expanded its ongoing collaboration with AWS. As a part of the collaboration, the Cerner Machine Learning Ecosystem (CMLE) platform would be developed utilizing AWS’s capabilities. The goal is to tackle readmission prevention and clinical burnout using predictive technology. [Read more]


Week of December 2, 2019


Researchers may have found the cause of vaping illness, Virtual Care Provider Inc. is under attack, and more healthcare news

Study links some antibiotics to a raised risk of Parkinson’s disease
Researchers at Helsinki University Hospital in Finland have released a report on a recent study that found a connection between oral antibiotics that disrupt the gut biome with the risk of Parkinson’s disease. This report comes after an earlier study that found that patients with Parkinson’s often had altered gut microbes for unknown reasons. Both studies found that the changes in the gut that are connected to Parkinson’s could occur up to two decades before the onset of the disease. [Read more]

Ransomware attack on cloud vendor freezes nursing home EHR data
Virtual Care Provider Inc., a hosting and IT provider that serves post-acute care facilities across the U.S., has been hit by a ransomware attack. Russian hackers have demanded $14 million in bitcoin in exchange for the decryption key to restore the patient data they’ve corrupted. Virtual Care officials said they are “feverishly working” to restore access to the estimated 20% of affected data. [Read more]

Vitamin E compound likely culprit behind vaping lung illnesses, study finds
Researchers in Minnesota believe they have found the ingredient responsible for 47 deaths related to “black market” vaping products: Vitamin E acetate. The study showed that this compound was not found in most illegal vape products tested in Minnesota the year before the vaping illness outbreak began, but it has been found in nearly all samples since then. [Read more]


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