Disseminating Medical Expertise to Areas that Need it Most

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Replacing physicians has been cited as an aim of artificial-intelligence-based approaches to health care. Yet beyond the hype and hyperbole, there is a much more likely — and worthy — application of AI to medicine: infusing clinical expertise into regions where doctors are in short supply. A key case in point: the global shortage of…

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Getting Back to Face Time: AI Tools that Help Reduce Physicians’ Computer Use

Just as computers have propelled major advances in modern medicine, their presence has also become a significant burden. That’s because the amount of time physicians now spend on the computer — reviewing clinical data and completing required documentation in electronic health records (EHRs) — has soared. It is estimated that physicians spend roughly half of…

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Getting Back to Face Time: AI Tools that Help Reduce Physicians’ Computer Use

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Just as computers have propelled major advances in modern medicine, their presence has also become a significant burden. That’s because the amount of time physicians now spend on the computer — reviewing clinical data and completing required documentation in electronic health records (EHRs) — has soared. It is estimated that physicians spend roughly half of…

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Reading the Tea Leaves of Cancer Immunotherapy

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The immune system protects the body from a host of foreign invaders. Over the last few years, therapies that leverage these defenses to fight cancer — so-called cancer immunotherapies — have yielded impressive outcomes in combating some forms of the disease. Yet as promising as these therapies are, they currently help only a small subset…

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FIRST LOOK: Surgical Fingerprints: Real-time Analysis of Intraoperative Events

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Intraoperative adverse events (IAEs), such as bowel/vascular injury, are estimated to occur in 2% of operations. IAEs can exact a toll on patient quality of life and costs, with average admission charges estimated to be 41% higher for patients who experience IAEs. Up to two-thirds of surgical errors occur intraoperatively, and 86% of these are…

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FIRST LOOK: Identification of Healthcare Risks in COPD Patients Using CT and X-ray Images

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most common respiratory conditions that affects more than 22 million Americans; it has climbed to be the third leading cause of death and accounts for $32 billion in associated healthcare cost. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLkXqGk8bIM COPD remains underdiagnosed, and its associated comorbidities include cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal disorders, and lung…

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Harnessing the Power of Digital Pathology

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Through its decades-long practice of digitizing clinical images, radiology is providing an early proving ground for machine learning-based approaches for disease detection, diagnosis, and prognosis. With a vast, rich pool of radiological images, researchers have access to the raw material needed to develop and hone new disease-detection algorithms, which are helping to drive the AI…

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Bringing “Smart” Machines to Medicine

Self-driving cars are poised to disrupt the transportation industry, and there is a similar revolution underway in health care. This effort seeks to engineer a new generation of “smart” medical equipment that melds scanning with interpretation, monitoring with treatment, and merges data from disparate devices into a common, readily interpretable stream. The goal: to help…

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Bringing “Smart” Machines to Medicine

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Self-driving cars are poised to disrupt the transportation industry, and there is a similar revolution underway in health care. This effort seeks to engineer a new generation of “smart” medical equipment that melds scanning with interpretation, monitoring with treatment, and merges data from disparate devices into a common, readily interpretable stream. The goal: to help…

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Bringing “Smart” Machines to Medicine

Self-driving cars are poised to disrupt the transportation industry, and there is a similar revolution underway in health care. This effort seeks to engineer a new generation of “smart” medical equipment that melds scanning with interpretation, monitoring with treatment, and merges data from disparate devices into a common, readily interpretable stream. The goal: to help…

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FIRST LOOK: bloodTyper: Blood Group Typing using Next Generation Sequencing

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Blood transfusion is one of the most common therapies administered in US hospitals, but sensitization to red blood cell (RBC) and platelet (PLT) antigens can lead to serious complications in prenatal medicine and transfusion. Although there are over 300 known RBC and 33 PLT antigens, current testing only includes matching the patient and donor for…

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