Why Google, Amazon, and Nvidia are all building AI notetakers for doctors

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Automated medical transcription that’s actually accurate could save doctors a huge amount of time, and the tech giants are getting in on the action. For doctors, taking notes and inputting them into electronic medical records is so cumbersome that they often have to use human medical scribes to do it for them. That’s changing as more hospital systems turn to artificial intelligence-based transcription tools. Read Full Story

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How Microsoft’s new $16B acquisition could bring AI to your doctor’s office

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The tech giant bought speech AI pioneer Nuance as part of a push into healthcare. But transformational speech transcription algorithms may still have a long way to go. On Tuesday, Microsoft announced it had acquired Nuance Communications for $16 billion. Nuance is a pioneer in the field of advanced medical transcription, but the technology is still young. The battle to reduce the administrative burden for doctors using artificial intelligence is intensifying, and the acquisition could position Microsoft well to compete against other tech giants as they jostle for dominance within healthcare. Read Full Story

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Can’t go to the doctor? You already own a powerful medical device

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With high-risk groups asked to stay home due to coronavirus, more people can turn to their smartphones to diagnose medical problems. During the coronavirus pandemic, our smartphones have become a lifeline, keeping us connected, informed, sane, employed, and socially distant. But they are also emerging as necessary tools to keep us safe and healthy. Smartphones’ cameras and sensors are increasingly turning them into fast, accurate, and low-cost devices for medical diagnosis—without their users ever needing to leave home. Read Full Story

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These peanut snacks for kids are a simple way to prevent future allergies

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Doctors now recommend exposing kids to peanuts early. Mission MightyMe gives it to them in the right form and dose. When their oldest daughter was born 11 years ago, entrepreneurs Catherine and JJ Jaxon followed the standard medical advice for infants: They didn’t give her peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, or other common food allergens. By the time their daughter was 3, they learned that she was allergic to most nuts. Read Full Story

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Still taking that medication? JAMA says your doctor might not tell you when to stop

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An eye-opening paper reveals that you need to advocate for yourself. Did you know that many common medical tests and treatments come with specific guidelines on how to begin and ramp up treatment—but minimal recommendations for doctors on when and how to stop? Welcome to modern medicine: Unless your doctor is particularly detail oriented, she might not tell you to stop taking your pills. Not surprisingly, this dynamic dovetails nicely with the interests of the $1.3 trillion pharmaceutical industry, among others. Read Full Story

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