A neuropsychologist consult is typically the first step for a neurologist in aiding in the diagnosis and monitoring of neurological conditions. But timely appointments for an assessment by these specialists can be difficult to obtain, even under the best of circumstances. To better enable neurologists to assess which patients are most in need of a consultation with a neuropsychologist, Royal Philips NV has launched an artificial intelligence (AI)-based cognitive assessment tool in the U.S. Known as Philips Intellispace Cognition, the digital, cloud-based assessment tool takes established neuropsychological tests and enables their administration by a medical assistant via a tablet in an office setting.
Drug addiction has often proven resistant to the best efforts for treatment. New York-based startup Medicasafe Inc. hopes to provide another tool in the arsenal to boost opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment. Rather than send a recovering addict home every couple of weeks with an unmonitored and uncontrolled supply of buprenorphine and naloxone, it has developed a drug-device combination product that digitally enables and tracks patient retrieval of these drugs.
Marlborough, Mass.-based Hologic Inc. got good news from the U.S. FDA, which has given the green light for the 3Dquorum imaging technology, which employs Genius AI. The technology works along with Hologic's Clarity HD high-resolution imaging technology to reduce tomosynthesis image volume for radiologists by 66%, the company said.
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Cross reality (XR) technology is gaining traction in the med-tech sector thanks to advancements in the virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) fields that comprise it, triggered by a surge of investments that have driven cash flow to med-tech startups. The new technology is already impacting the health care sector.
Virta Health Corp. reported 90-day data from a pilot study of its Virta Treatment for type 2 diabetes (T2D) in military veterans. Conducted jointly by Virta and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the pilot shows 84% of participants who used the low carbohydrate and diabetes coaching model reduced their glycemic levels to below the diabetes threshold or experienced at least a one-point drop in HbA1c, a measure of blood sugar.
Advocates of telehealth are backing the bipartisan, bicameral Connect for Health Act of 2019, which would eliminate geographic and origination site restrictions on Medicare coverage and save billions of taxpayer dollars.
TORONTO – On average, radiology specialists diagnose fewer than 50% of cases of collapsed lung or pneumothorax using chest X-rays, said systems design engineer Hamid Tizhoosh. The Insignio system developed at Tizhoosh's Kitchener, Ontario-based Kimia Lab has gone further by identifying 75% of cases of collapsed lungs using artificial intelligence (AI) to search a database of 550,000 patients and compare 30,000 cases of pneumothorax there to X-rays of new patients with unknown conditions.
PARIS – A French research consortium bringing together the firm Cap Gemini SE, the Traumabase (traumabase.eu) network, the AP-HP group of 39 teaching hospitals in the Paris region, the École Polytechnique, the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), is developing the first AI decision-making tool for managing patients with severe trauma in their first 24 hours.
LONDON – The EU's next large-scale public-private research partnership in health is taking shape and due for launch at the start of 2021, succeeding the current €3.6 billion (US$4 billion) Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 (IMI2).
Tech giant Google LLC is taking aim at the Apple Watch with its plan to acquire wearables pioneer Fitbit Inc., of San Francisco, for $2.1 billion, or $7.35 per share, in an all-cash transaction expected to close sometime next year.