Avoiding bias in healthcare AI algorithms

HealthTech

AI algorithms can determine who receives what kind of care—and bias in these algorithms can have catastrophic results on outcomes. To keep AI from amplifying existing social inequities, it’s important to understand the factors that influence algorithms and to ensure that diversity is built into every aspect of AI development.

Source: StatNews “Color Code” Series

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Wearable ultrasound patch could expand access to medical imaging

HealthTech

A team of academic researchers have developed a stamp-sized stick-on patch as an alternative to bulky hospital ultrasound machines. The small device can take frequent images for up to 48 hours—even while a person is exercising–and can capture changes that occur during that time. The ultimate vision is to sync the information with a mobile device; one engineer sees potential for helping to monitor patients in regions with limited access to hospitals.

Source: The Medical Device Business Journal

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First brain-implanted computer empowers paralyzed patients

HealthTech

A Mount Sinai neurosurgeon recently completed the first-ever procedure to implant a brain-computer interface into a human. The technology, which has been cleared for clinical trials by the FDA, was developed to enable patients who are severely paralyzed to control media devices with their brain signals. With this milestone, Synchron beats out Neuralink, a similar technology being developed by Elon Musk that has not yet been approved for patient insertion.

Source: The Medical Device Business Journal

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