AI Health Frontier – Issue 2

AI is “a core, transformative way by which we’re rethinking everything we’re doing.”


— Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google


Artificial intelligence in healthcare

UI Healthcare rolls out autonomous AI diagnostic system for retinopathy
University of Iowa Healthcare has rolled out the first autonomous AI diagnostic system cleared by the FDA. The artificial intelligence tool detects diabetic retinopathy in medical images, which can help prevent blindness in diabetes patients.
[Healthcare IT News / Bill Siwicki]

Scientists use AI to predict side effects from drug combinations

A team from Stanford University is using a new artificial intelligence system to better predict potential side effects from drug combinations. The new system could aid doctors when prescribing drugs to patients already on a laundry list of medications.

[R&D Magazine / Kenny Walter]

New AI software could decrease time spent at hospital for patients
With the help of a virtual (AI) assistant, patients can educate themselves and manage their own progress from home, while providing the healthcare professional with relevant data on the condition of their patients.
[Business Insider]

AI tool passes UK medical diagnostics exam
An artificial intelligence system has passed a medical licensing exam designed to test the diagnostic skills of GPs in the UK. With the average score being 72%, the AI agent achieved a score of 81%.
[AI Trends]

Artificial intelligence helps identify rare conditions using X-rays
Researchers from the University of Toronto have developed a new AI system that enables machine learning to create computer generated X-rays that augment AI training sets, which could improve the speed and accuracy of medical diagnostics.
[R&D Magazine / Kenny Walter]

Artificial intelligence in oncology; fantasy or reality?
AI has the potential to crunch the data from previous targeted cancer treatments and use the insights gained to advise doctors on the best options for their patients. Labiotech gives the background story and examples.
[Labiotech / Timothe Cynober]

China focus: AI beats human doctors in neuroimaging recognition contest
An artificial intelligence system scored 2:0 against elite human physicians Saturday in two rounds of competitions in diagnosing brain tumors and predicting hematoma expansion in Beijing.
[Xinhua / Yamei]


Interesting stuff in the world of AI

Google’s artificial intelligence ethics won’t curb war by algorithm
Google has promised not to renew its contract with the military next year. However, AI still appears to be a key element in the decision-making behind drone strikes.
[WIRED / Phoebe Braithwaite]

Artificial intelligence could one day determine which films get made
By analyzing screenplays, AI agent ‘ScriptBook’ retroactively identified as box-office failures 22 out of the 32 Sony movies that lost money in that period, during which Sony released a total of 62 movies.
[Variety / Peter Caranicas]

Quick guide to understand the hype around ‘deep learning’

It seems like almost every tech conversation happening today somehow touches on the topic of AI, machine learning, or deep learning. But what does it all mean? This quick guide of Iskender Dirik in The Next Web gives an overview.

[The Next Web / Iskender Dirik]