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Telehealth is steering away from the abortion tablet
Throughout the pandemic, the FDA eased limitations on telehealth prescriptions and mail supply for sure medicine — together with abortion drugs, which can be utilized safely and successfully within the first 10 weeks of being pregnant. In December, the FDA made that entry everlasting — however to date, telehealth startups aren’t leaping to offer the drugs. Corporations together with Hims & Hers, Nurx, Tia, and PillPack, lots of which body their choices round lowered stigma and elevated sexual freedom, have chosen to not provide the remedy, with some staff citing concern that political controversy might hurt their companies’ progress. STAT’s Olivia Goldhill has the full story.
AI’s function in risk-based most cancers screening
At MIT, Regina Barzilay’s lab has developed an AI device known as Mirai that may routinely detect indicators of breast most cancers from mammograms — and as STAT reported, it has outperformed the usual threat evaluation device in a number of research throughout populations world wide. In a study out in Nature Drugs, the researchers have now examined whether or not Mirai’s threat predictions can inform screening suggestions in a manner that minimizes prices whereas catching most cancers early sufficient to enhance outcomes. Mirai’s predictions have been rolled right into a screening device known as Tempo, which resulted in earlier detection in comparison with a regular annual screening.
The distinction was just a few months at most, which could not drive a major shift in most cancers mortality, as identified in a corresponding viewpoint. “To outline the place of AI within the risk-assessment and screening pathway, AI analysis ought to transition to potential research of unselected screening members,” the authors write — a step the MIT group is already taking.
Pulling down obstacles to AI in well being care
A bunch of hospitals and educational establishments is launching a new coalition with Microsoft to beat obstacles to AI adoption in well being care. The AI3C Coalition will develop AI options for “constructive societal and well being care outcomes” and deal with challenges referring to analysis switch, trade requirements, and workforce inclusivity. The organizations concerned within the effort embrace the Brookings Establishment, Cleveland Clinic, Duke Well being, and Intermountain Healthcare. The coalition is amongst a number of such teams shaped in current months. One end result to observe is whether or not its suggestions align with affected person pursuits in addition to their very own monetary objectives.
Google Cloud inks take care of the VA
- The U.S. Division of Veterans Affairs has signed a $13 million deal with Google Cloud to deploy its Apigee software programming interface to hyperlink information throughout its hospitals and outpatient clinics. The VA’s aim is to develop software program to assist sufferers observe profit claims and handle their well being.
- The true-world-data firm Verana Well being raised $150 million in a Series E round led by Johnson & Johnson Innovation and Novo Health. The corporate is creating information merchandise to serve pharmaceutical corporations and well being care suppliers.
- The Nashville-based enterprise capital agency Jumpstart Well being Buyers is launching a $55 million investment fund that can completely again well being know-how corporations based and led by Black entrepreneurs. The hassle can even be supported by Eli Lilly, HCA Healthcare, Atrium Well being and several other different massive well being care organizations.
- Kaiser Permanente has joined Graphite Well being, a non-profit shaped by a number of massive well being programs to create an interoperable market for buying novel software program functions. The deal is a giant win for Graphite, which wants buy-in from massive organizations to be viable.
The most recent landings
- Memorial Sloan Kettering has tapped Remy Evard to function its chief digital officer. Evard beforehand labored as chief info officer for Flagship Pioneering, a enterprise capital agency centered on life science corporations.
- Stanford Well being Care has appointed Silicon Valley entrepreneur Marc Jones to chair its board of administrators.
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