Tag: health care

Soaring Healthcare Costs Jeopardize Retirement In America

Yves here. This post highlights an ugly fact: Medicare, while better for most people than crapified employer health plans and quite a few Obamacare policies, is not all that hot by world standards due to the high cost of American healthcare. One big problem is despite the government footing roughly 60% of US healthcare costs […]

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Department of Justice Indicts Two Drug Company Executives Over Opioid Sales; More to Come?

On Tuesday, the Southern District of New York and the Drug Enforcement Administration announced a series of indictments against one of the ten largest drug distributors in the US, Rochester Drug Co-Operative, and two former executives, the CEO and the chief compliance officer, and the latter has pled guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. […]

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India’s Mfine raises $17.2 million to expand telemedical doctor network

Mfine, an AI health care startup headquartered in Bangalore, today announced that it has raised $17.2 million in a series B funding round led by Japan-based venture group SBI Investment, with participation from SBI Ven Capital, Beenext, Stellaris Venture Partners, and Prime Venture Partners. This comes after a $4.2 million series A round in May […]

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Censinet raises $7.8 million for health care vendor risk assessment

Censinet, a Boston, Massachusetts-based startup developing a vendor risk management platform for health care providers, today announced that it has raised $7.8 million in a series A round co-led by HML Venture Partners and Cedars-Sinai, with participation from Schooner Capital, LRVHealth, and Excelerate Health Ventures. This follows a $2 million seed round in September 2017 […]

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How AI researchers used Bing search results to reveal disease knowledge gaps in Africa

What can you learn about the health needs of a population through search query data? Where are there opportunities to serve communities with little reliable data, and how can AI play a role? Those are the questions Rediet Abebe has attempted to answer through web-based data like search engine queries or social media data. To […]

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PathAI raises $60 million for AI pathology and diagnostic tools

PathAI, a startup that employs machine learning techniques to improve diagnostic accuracy, today announced that it’s raised $60 million in series B funding led by growth equity firm General Atlantic, with General Catalyst participating. It brings its total venture capital raised to about $75 million, following an $11 million in a series A funding, and […]

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‘The Greed of UnitedHealth Is Killing Americans’: Progressives Hit Back as Insurance CEO Bashes Medicare for All

Yves here. I very much like the use of the word “disrupt” as what needs to happen to health care in the US. Heretofore, Silicon Valley squillionaries “disrupt” has been treated as the business press as meaning “shake up an industry for the benefit of consumers” when it has often meant “show revenue growth by […]

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Bridge Connector raises $10 million to help health care organizations unify disparate apps

Bridge Connector, a Nashville, Tennessee-based startup developing an integration-platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) suite that unifies health care data systems, today announced that it’s raised $10 million in funding from Axioma Ventures, bringing its total capital raised to $20 million. It comes ahead of the close of its series B round in the fourth quarter of this year […]

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Everlywell raises $50 million for at-home medical tests

At-home medical tests make a lot of sense. For patients, the benefits are obvious: They’re much less laborious than exams that require driving to a nearby emergency room, doctor’s office, or hospital. As for clinicians, who perform over seven billion lab tests in the U.S. annually and use 70% of those tests in medical diagnoses, […]

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AI predicts hospital readmission rates from clinical notes

Electronic health records store valuable information about hospital patients, but they’re often sparse and unstructured, making them difficult for potentially labor- and time-saving AI systems to parse. Fortunately, researchers at New York University and Princeton have developed a framework that evaluates clinical notes (i.e., descriptions of symptoms, reasons for diagnoses, and radiology results) and autonomously […]

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We Need to Stop the Overdiagnosis Disease. Step 1: Remove Vested Interests

Yves here. This setting of overly stringent boundaries for health versus disease is widespread, and also annoyingly contrast with conventional medicine’s indifference to what they regard as subclinical problems like fatigue. For instance, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology published “new” cholesterol guidelines in 2018. I have been told for at […]

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Nvidia wants AI Clara to be the AI platform for radiologists

Nvidia’s Clara AI toolkit for health care is being incorporated into ACR AI-LAB, an American College of Radiology (ACR) Data Science Institute platform in development now. Once it’s released later this year, the platform will be provided free to 38,000 radiologists in the United States so they can use more machine learning into their work. […]

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New York Sues Big Pharma for Opioid Crisis

Yves here. In this Real News Network interview, Bill Black gives a high-level overview of the New York case against not just opioid profiteers, the Sackler family and their companies, but also other key participants, like “pain doctors” who were tied in to the Sackers’ marketing efforts. [embedded content] MARC STEINER: Not only do they manufacture […]

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Amazon launches HIPAA-eligible Alexa skills for health care

Amazon today announced a limited number of voice apps for the Alexa Skills Kit by health care companies like Cigna and Boston Children’s Hospital that operate in compliance with the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Six HIPAA-compliant Alexa skills are available at launch to do things like help caregivers deliver […]

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What Oklahoma’s Opioid Settlement Means for Other States, Cities and Counties Suing Purdue Pharma

Yves here. Note that New York State is also going after the personal wealth of the Sacklers, arguing that the family both made illicit transfers from Purdue Pharma as well as illegally hiding money in foreign bank accounts. But that is an uphill battle. By Andrew Pollis, Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University. Originally […]

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Trump Administration And Democrats Return Health Law To Political Center Stage

By Julie Rovner, the Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow, is Chief Washington Correspondent for Kaiser Health News. Previously, she worked for NPR, National Journal’s Congress Daily and for Congressional Quarterly on health policy. She is also the author of the critically praised reference book Health Care Politics and Policy A-Z. Originally published at Kaiser Health News […]

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Clean Water: UNICEF Shows More Children Die from Diarrhea than Direct Violence in Conflict Zones

By Jerri-Lynn Scofield, who has worked as a securities lawyer and a derivatives trader. She is currently writing a book about textile artisans. Friday was World Water Day and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) produced a report, Water Under Fire, documenting how deadly tainted water can be to children in war zones. […]

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Costly Confusion: Patients Caught by Medicare Not Covering Annual Physical Exams

Yves here. This post presents a classic example of why medical care in America sucks. It’s too much about billing and not enough about patient care. Even your humble blogger, who has a 30+ year old indemnity plan (as in I can go to any doctor in the world, I’m not in a network) that […]

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Electronic Health Records: Death By A Thousand Clicks

Lambert: A blockbuster. No matter the initial intentions of the EHR boosters — among them, Obama, who earmarked $17 billion for EHRs in his $787 billion stimulus package — there seems to be no other real justification for them than fraud, whether by vendors or by upcoding. Plus physician burnout, if you consider replacing humans […]

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“Middle Class” Once Meant Stability and Now Means Fragility

By Alissa Quart, Executive Editor, Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Cross posted from the Institute for New Economic Thinking website feel that being middle class is not what it once was and that we are all running in place as fast as we can to stay the same, to quote Alice in Wonderland’s Red Queen,” Brenda […]

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