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Artificial Intelligence That Reads Chest X-Rays Is Approved by FDA

New artificial intelligence-powered technology may soon help reduce delays in diagnosing a collapsed lung, or pneumothorax, which is a serious condition that can be treated with quick intervention.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that works with portable X-rays to rapidly screen for collapsed lung.

In a high-intensity clinical scenario, pneumothorax can be initially overlooked by the bedside providers,” said Rachael Callcut, MD, an associate professor of surgery at UCSF and trauma surgeon at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

Add to that the high volume of images a radiologist is tasked to review, the fact that some medical centers may not have a radiologist on-call around the clock, and pneumothorax diagnosis can be delayed for many hours.

When caught, pneumothorax can be treated by inserting a tube to remove the leaked air, but left untreated, pneumothorax can lead to profound breathing difficulty and even death.

“I think of this as an additional safety check that can improve efficiency-of-care to deliver diagnoses and patient care sooner and to reduce the risk of pneumothorax being overlooked.” said Callcut.

Artificial intelligence helps detect sepsis in Sydney emergency departments

When Carol Clark was diagnosed with sepsis, a potentially deadly condition caused by her body's response to a foot infection, her future was touch and go.

In an Australian first, Westmead and three other western Sydney hospitals have deployed an artificial intelligence tool to detect patients with sepsis and those at risk of getting sepsis.

'As the information is being input into the patient's file or health record, this program is picking up whether this person is at risk of sepsis and gets the clinician alerted to that fact so they can start treatment, like antibiotics, earlier,' Associate Professor Gunja said.

It can be difficult for doctors and nurses to diagnose sepsis, as the symptoms are similar to that of the flu — lethargy, high pulse rate, high or even low temperature.

'It's things like the problem that they come in with, heart rate, blood pressure, whether they have elevated blood results in terms of high bloody acid or low blood bicarbonate,' Associate Professor Gunja said.

'From here, it gives the clinician an alert to help augment their clinical ability and diagnose causes of potential sepsis — either patients who already have sepsis, or patients who are likely to get sepsis down the track.'

Microsoft and AstraZeneca join forces on artificial intelligence for healthcare

Microsoft and AstraZeneca have announced an artificial intelligence (AI) collaboration for the benefit of healthcare patients, by introducing the AI Factory for Health.

From mentoring to technical advice on their solutions, to recommendations on how best to promote and market them through co-marketing or co-selling, Microsoft offers each startup personalized advice at every stage of its growth.

The twin aims of the recently announced AI Factory for Health are to support innovation in the healthcare sector and to help early-stage startups pursue their development in AI and cloud computing to push back the frontiers of science.

Startups joining the AI Factory for Health will be able to draw on AstraZeneca’s expertise in diseases and in the needs of patients and healthcare professionals, as well as its legal skills, and its access to healthcare establishments and health data across all the countries in which it operates in Europe.

In today’s world, technology is transforming many practices in healthcare, in addition to the development of therapeutic solutions, putting patients at the heart of the system and opening the way to truly personalised medicine.

Thanks to more accurate and frequent monitoring of the effects of drugs, or with the help of digital companions able to answer questions not put to the medical team at the time, patients will enjoy greater peace of mind about the care they receive, both at home and in hospital.

Agnès Van de Walle, Leading OCP (One Commercial Partner) Entity Microsoft France: “We are very proud to be joining forces with AstraZeneca for the launch of this promotion focusing on healthcare – the program is rooted in our aim of accelerating the deployment of innovative projects by bringing AI within everyone’s reach.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Stats News: 120 Million Workers Need To Be Retrained Because Of AI

Recent surveys, studies, forecasts and other quantitative assessments of the impact and progress of AI highlighted the need to retrain many workers, improving AI’s score from F to A on 8th-grade science exam, and the $97.9 billion the AI market will reach in 2023.

the time it takes to close a skills gap through training has increased from 3 days on average in 2014 to 36 days in 2018 [IBM] Top drivers for investing in robotics and automation: Reduced cost (80%), improved quality (55%), increased productivity (54%), improved capabilities of robots (54%).

67% of organizations will look to AI to intelligently automate IT processes to some extent within their IT environments [ESG] Quantified business impact L’Oréal’s recruiters believe they saved 200 hours of time to hire 80 interns out of a pool of 12,000 candidates, using a chatbot that saves significant time in the early stages of the recruiting process by handling questions from candidates, and Seedlink, AI software that assesses their responses to open-ended interview questions [Forbes] Infusion Software, using a chatbot from, has reduced the number of front-line salespeople who field customer inquiries from 25 to 9 since April and expects to save $1 million a year [Wall Street Journal] Business adoption 51% of sales organizations have already deployed or plan to deploy algorithmic-guided selling in the next five years.

Algorithmic-guided selling leverages emerging artificial intelligence technology and existing sales data to guide sellers through deals, automating manual sales actions while reducing the need for individual seller judgment in the sales process [Gartner survey of 250 sales leaders worldwide] AI research successes The Aristo System from the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, designed to answer non-diagram, multiple choice questions, correctly answered more than 90% of the questions on an eighth-grade science exam and exceeded 83% on a 12th-grade science exam;

By the end of 2019, 4.8 billion endpoints are expected to be in use, up 21.5% from 2018 [Gartner] The AI in healthcare market worldwide is estimated to reach $19.25 billion by 2026, up from $0.95 billion in 2017 [Wiseguy Reports] The AI for telecommunications applications market worldwide is estimated to reach more than $11.2 billion in 2025, up from $419 million in 2018 [Tractica] AI quote of the week: “We face a choice.

Data is eating the world quote of the week: “Departments of Motor Vehicles in states around the country are taking drivers' personal information and selling it to thousands of businesses, including private investigators who spy on people for a profit… DMVs sell the data for an array of approved purposes, such as to insurance or tow companies, but some of them have sold to more nefarious businesses as well.

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