Tag: health care

CyberMDX raises $20 million to protect connected medical devices with AI

CyberMDX, a provider of cybersecurity solutions tailored to health care systems, today revealed that it raised $20 million in funding. CEO Amir Magner said it’ll enable the company to bolster its platform and R&D to assist hospital IT, information security, and biomedical teams in securing and managing medical devices. “We passionately believe in the significance […]

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The Brands Feel Your Pain

Last week, the famously stoic Anna Wintour said she “broke down” upon hearing from her friend Ralph Lauren, the designer and businessman worth approximately $6 billion, that the philanthropic wing of the Ralph Lauren Corporation had pledged $10 million to organizations undertaking coronavirus relief efforts. As the pandemic continues to spread and medical supplies around […]

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Coronavirus: A Theory of Incompetence

Leaders in the public and private sector in advanced economies, typically highly credentialed, have with very few exceptions shown abject incompetence in dealing with coronavirus as a pathogen and as a wrecker of economies. The US and UK have made particularly sorry showings, but they are not alone. It’s become fashionable to blame the failure […]

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What Wall Street Doesn’t Want You to Know About Hospital Emergency Rooms

Yves here. We’ve written regularly on Eileen Appelbaum and Rosemary Batt’s important investigations into how private equity has taken over more and more of hospital staffing, including of emergency rooms. This in turn has allowed them to override patient efforts to have only in-network doctors assigned to their case, as well as to engage in […]

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AI Weekly: Coronavirus chatbots use inconsistent data sources and privacy practices

It’s been widely reported that U.S. hospital systems — particularly in hotspots like New York City, Detroit, Chicago, and New Orleans — are overwhelmed by the influx of patients affected by COVID-19. There’s a nationwide ventilator shortage. Convention centers and public parks have been repurposed as ward overflows. And waiting times at some call and […]

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Key Official Missing in Action: North Carolina Treasurer, Sole Fiduciary of Its Pension, Has Covid-19 but State Refuses to Say More

Public officials in mission critical roles don’t have the privilege of playing the personal privacy game. Their ability to perform their duties is of critical importance to citizens in their jurisdiction. For instance, when Boris Johnson was diagnosed with Covid-19, the Government made a statement, claiming he had a mild case and would continue working […]

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The Pandemic’s Shameless Profiteers

To treat the Black Death, some doctors in the Middle Ages recommended ingesting “potable gold,” a vile tonic of gold compounds dissolved in ether. One might think that we had progressed past such bogus remedies, but in the age of the coronavirus, quacks and pseudoscientists are now pushing colloidal silver, long touted in wellness circles […]

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Google’s AI accurately predicts physicians’ prescribing decisions 75% of the time

An AI system developed by researchers at Google and the University of California, San Francisco anticipates physician’s prescribing decisions 75% of the time,  according to a paper published in the journal Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. If someday applied to a health care system, it could identify prescriptions that look abnormal for patients and their situations, […]

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Disinvestment Made Our Cities a Powder Keg in a Pandemic

On a sunny Saturday in March, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he was horrified to find people were still gathering in city parks. “It’s insensitive, it’s arrogant, it’s self-destructive, it’s disrespectful, and it has to stop now,” he said. He was right that the packed parks defied social distancing guidelines intended to slow the […]

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Why Can’t Everyone in This Country Get Free COVID-19 Treatment?

Yves here.  Americans find it very hard abandon hustling, as our multi-faceted Covid-19 fiasco illustrates. And the Trump Administration is predictably missing in action in terms of even trying to jawbone health care providers and insurers to foot Covid-19 costs. By Diane Archer, a senior adviser to Social Security Works and founder and president of Just […]

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Cordio and Rambam Hospital will trial AI that detects coronavirus cases from speech samples

Cordio Medical today announced that it will begin a clinical trial at Haifa’s Rambam Hospital on an app-based AI system that analyzes speech to diagnose and remotely monitor COVID-19 patients. Assuming it passes scientific muster, the tech could be used to help treat self-quarantined patients who are likely to have COVID-19 but who haven’t yet […]

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Babylon Health claims its AI accurately triages patients in 85% of cases

A team of researchers at Babylon Health, the well-funded UK-based startup that facilitates telemedical consultations between patients and health experts, claim that they’ve developed an AI system capable of matching expert clinician decisions in 85% of cases. If it holds up to scrutiny, the system could lift a burden off of the overloaded U.S. health […]

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The Health Insurance Crisis at Our Doorstep

The coronavirus pandemic has placed America squarely in the middle of two major crises: A public health crisis, with millions poised to become severely sickened; and an economic crisis, as necessary measures to contain the virus’ spread have put a hard stop on all manner of economic activity. In short order, we will also face […]

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Black Communities Are on the ‘Frontline’ of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Here’s Why

Photo: ROBYN BECK (AFP via Getty Images) Every new day of the coronavirus pandemic has brought with it a dizzying amount of change. Teachers explain class projects to their students over Zoom meetings, while friends and family use FaceTime to inquire about their loved ones, alternating between laughter and concern while holding pixelated drinks in […]

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Developing a Vaccine for Covid-19. What To Expect?

Yves here. Let us hope the race to get a Covid-19 vaccine out does not give anti-vaxxers new talking points. By Ignacio Moreno Echanove, an epidemiologist Given the hype and hysteria about Covid-19 I tried to escape for a while from the tunnel vision we are immersed and have a general vision on what is […]

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Brace Yourselves: The US Is Setting Up a Ghastly “Natural Experiment”

Yves here. Since this post launched, Virginia had declared a state-wide lockdown till June 10 (although it could be lifted earlier). By contrast, in Alabama, the governor  last Friday only closed all non-essential businesses through April 17.  But the key bit is look how quickly things appear set to get ugly in the US. By […]

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Four Ways You Can Take Caring Action Around Coronavirus – Even if You’re Overwhelmed

Yves here. This post, particularly the first section, is awfully touchy-feely for my taste. If you are really flattened by the impact of the coronavirus, like panicking about your financial situation or trying to get care for a partner or close friend, listening to uplifting stories seems Pollyannaish. Readers may have better ideas for coping […]

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The Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Is a $2 Trillion Slush Fund for Washington Cronies

Yves here. The financial crisis was such a successful exercise in looting the public purse that our oligarchs are at it again, this time via the “stimulus” bill. By Marshall Auerback, a market analyst and commentator. Produced by Economy for All, a project of the Independent Media Institute When historians look back on our current […]

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‘This Is a Massive Scandal’: Trump FDA Grants Drug Company Exclusive Claim on Promising Coronavirus Drug

Jerri-Lynn here. I encourage readers to look at this update from The Intercept, CORONAVIRUS TREATMENT DEVELOPED BY GILEAD SCIENCES GRANTED “RARE DISEASE” STATUS, POTENTIALLY LIMITING AFFORDABILITY. Where are you, Joe Biden? What do you have to say about this decision, expected to give Gilead Sciences a multi-billion coronavirus windfall. Bernie’s position is clear, as reported below. […]

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What the Government Needs to Do Next to Tackle the Crisis

Yves here. What the government needs to do to address the medical system and real economy needs created by the coronavirus crisis. By James K. Galbraith, Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government and Business Relations, University of Texas at Austin. Originally published at the Institute of New Economic Thinking website/strong> Tax rebates, tax cuts […]

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