Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming a crucial component of healthcare to help augment physicians and make them more efficient. In medical imaging, it is helping radiologists more efficiently manage PACS worklists, enable structured reporting, auto detect injuries and diseases, and to pull in relevant prior exams and patient data. In cardiology, AI is helping automate tasks and measurements on imaging and in reporting systems, guides novice echo users to improve imaging and accuracy, and can risk stratify patients. AI includes deep learning algorithms, machine learning, computer-aided detection (CAD) systems, and convolutional neural networks. 

Dutch companies Aidence and Quantib will join the Los Angeles-based firm's AI division, which also includes DeepHealth, acquired for $40M in 2020.

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Bay Area-based Francisco Partners is picking up the tab, adding several pieces assembled through $4 billion in acquisitions over the years, including Merge Healthcare.

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The UK's Competition and Markets Authority recently issued notice of the inquiry and said it plans to reach a decision by March 9. 

About 37% of departments reported formal partnerships with the artificial intelligence industry, a number experts believe needs to increase in the near future.

IBM

Several private equity firms and one “strategic buyer” are in the running, and Big Blue hopes to select a suitor by the end of January, according to a published report. 

Fractal offers AI solutions in several industries including radiology, with its Qure.ai business scoring a 2nd FDA clearance in August.

Microsoft

With its technology currently used by about 75% of radiologists, Nuance hopes the deal will close by early 2022. 

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The data can help department leaders better understand “discontinuity” in staff productivity and inform promotion considerations. 

The platform runs on Azure, a cloud computing service operated by Microsoft, which recently announced plans to acquire Nuance for $20B. 

The first federated learning experiment will kick off in early 2022, aiming to produce a “highly accurate” COVID-19 classification model through collaboration. 

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Artis Ventures led Rad AI's Series A financing round, with additional contributions from existing backers including Google's AI-focused investment arm. 

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The San Francisco startup is creating a cloud-based radiology operating system it says can unify fragmented IT and simplify workflows. 

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With the elevation of cardiac CT to a 1A indication in the 2021 Chest Pain Guidelines, there has been a large amount of interest in starting coronary artery CT angiography (CCTA) programs. 

Yet another lawsuit is taking aim at the Affordable Care Act, and 61 U.S. medical organizations have joined forces to speak out.

   
   
   
   
   
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