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Advances In Artificial Intelligence Threaten Safety, Privacy Of Our Health Data

August 15, 2019

From Study Finds: Researchers from the University of California at Berkeley say their findings show the regulations written within the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 may be outdated and are incapable of keeping Americans’ health data safe and private with the progress made by AI developers… …They say that AI can now use […]

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Artificial Intelligence Better At Diagnosing Skin Cancer Than Dermatologists

August 6, 2019

From Study Finds: …an artificial intelligence program trained to identify and diagnose skin cancer in humans proved to show greater accuracy when pitted against dermatologists. Researchers from the U.S., Germany, and France used an AI system called the Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) to detect skin cancer by showing it more than 100,000 images of malignant melanomas […]

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Alexa and HIPAA

July 30, 2019

From Los Angeles Times: She told me the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, aka HIPAA, the federal medical-privacy law passed in 1996, never anticipated a scenario in which people would willingly disclose confidential medical information to a private company via a voice-activated computer in their living room. “HIPAA doesn’t apply to Amazon in this situation,” […]

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Can AI solve the GREAT Dentist’s Dilemma?

July 29, 2019

From WSJ: (To read the full article you need a WSJ subscription) Companies that provide business support to dentists are starting to use artificial intelligence to analyze X-ray images and automate certain steps in common procedures, pointing to the technology’s cost-cutting potential. Source: AI Can Lead to Lower Dentist Bills – WSJ This is still preliminary, […]

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Blink & You’ll Miss It: AI Solves Rubik’s Cube – In A Fraction Of A Second!

July 23, 2019

From Study Finds: Now, researchers from the University of California have created an extraordinary artificial intelligence system capable of solving the Rubik’s Cube — in a fraction of a second. Source: Blink & You’ll Miss It: AI Solves Rubik’s Cube – In A Fraction Of A Second! – Study Finds Another amazing AI story. Not only […]

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Digital Workflow Experience takes dentists through ‘office of now’

July 18, 2019

From ADA News: Dentists can experience firsthand how to integrate digital technology into their practices as part of the Digital Workflow Experience at the ADA FDI World Dental Congress this September in San Francisco. Source: Digital Workflow Experience takes dentists through ‘office of now’ I was intrigued by the title “Digital Workflow Experience” as that […]

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It’s Hard To Win At Poker Against An Opponent With No Tell

July 16, 2019

From  FiveThirtyEight: …a pair of computer scientists have announced that they’ve created an artificial intelligence poker player that is stronger than a full table of top human professionals at the most popular form of the game — no-limit Texas Hold ’em. Source: It’s Hard To Win At Poker Against An Opponent With No Tell | […]

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Technology allows researchers to see patients’ real-time pain while in the clinic

July 11, 2019

From University of Michigan News: Wearing special augmented reality glasses (in this case, the Microsoft HoloLens), researchers viewed the subject’s brain activity in real time on a reconstructed brain template, while the subjects sat in the clinical chair. The red and blue dots on the image denote location and level of brain activity, and this “pain […]

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Don’t Trust Libra, Facebook’s New Cryptocurrency

June 27, 2019

From The Atlantic: Facebook, one of the world’s most distrusted companies, wants us to trust its new Libra cryptocurrency, which, it hopes, will be used by billions of people around the world. We shouldn’t. Libra will almost exactly replicate all the problems generated by Facebook’s social network. Those problems can in turn be traced to the […]

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FDA grapples with AI medical devices

June 27, 2019

From Roll Call: Imagine a not-too-distant future when medical devices powered by artificial intelligence continuously adapt to new symptoms presented by patients and learn how to make accurate diagnoses much like a well-trained physician would. The Food and Drug Administration is preparing for such a future and weighing how to assess and certify such medical devices, […]

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Comcast working on home health device similar to Amazon Echo

June 13, 2019

From CNBC: The device will monitor people’s basic health metrics using ambient sensors, with a focus on whether someone is making frequent trips to the bathroom or spending more time than usual in bed. Comcast is also building tools for detecting falls, which are common and potentially fatal for seniors, the people said. Source: Comcast […]

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HHS guidance clarifies HIPAA liability with use of 3rd-party health apps

June 4, 2019

From FierceHealthcare: The Trump administration is pushing the healthcare industry to be a part of the smartphone economy, but there has been some confusion about whether healthcare providers and their health IT vendors would be held accountable for how patients use their health data. To address this, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of […]

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Texas Lawmakers Include Payment Parity in Medicaid Telehealth Bill

June 3, 2019

Legislators in Texas are moving forward with a bill that would, if passed, revise several of the state’s laws governing Medicaid coverage for telehealth and telemedicine and mandate payment parity. Source: Texas Lawmakers Include Payment Parity in Medicaid Telehealth Bill Good

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GAO: Telehealth Changes to MA Plans Will Save Roughly $500 Million

May 28, 2019

The US Government Accountability Office estimates that changes to Medicare Advantage plans to promote more telehealth and telemedicine use will save enrollees more than $500 million, Source: GAO: Telehealth Changes to MA Plans Will Save Roughly $500 Million Telemedicine and by extension teledentistry will irrevocably change future healthcare for the better. The so called healthcare […]

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Facebook Disease Prevention Maps Take on Health Epidemics

May 23, 2019

From Fortune: Facebook wants to help fight infectious diseases like measles by introducing maps that health organizations can use to prevent and respond to outbreaks. The disease prevention maps, which debuted Monday, provide detailed information such as population density, the movement of people in real time, and network connectivity across regions. The point is to give […]

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News from the Future – Teledentistry

May 21, 2019

May 21, 2021: Arnold Zimmer , a San Jose dentist, prepped a tooth on a patient in Fargo North Dakota. By means of tele-dentistry techniques Dr. Zimmer used 3D images of the patient, including bones, teeth and soft tissue integrated into a virtual patient simulation transmitted to his office in California over the Internet. He […]

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Robotic health care is coming. How do you feel about that?

May 16, 2019

From The Conversation: Robots can do a lot, but people don’t necessarily accept them in those new roles. A lot depends on how easy the robot is to interact with and the patient’s own views about new technology and the emotions they’re feeling, such as fear about an upcoming medical procedure. A human-like robot can […]

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Telepresence

May 14, 2019

From Wikipedia: Telepresence refers to a set of technologies which allow a person to feel as if they were present, to give the appearance of being present, or to have an effect, via telerobotics, at a place other than their true location. Source: Telepresence – Wikipedia Teledentistry will be the next digital revolution in dentistry.

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German scientists create see-through human organs

May 9, 2019

From Reuters: Researchers in Germany have created transparent human organs using a new technology that could pave the way to print three-dimensional body parts such as kidneys for transplants. Source: German scientists create see-through human organs – Reuters If we can print a kidney I am sure we can print a tooth.

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Teledentistry

May 2, 2019

From Wikipedia: Teledentistry is the use of information technology and telecommunications for dental care, consultation,[1] education, and public awareness (compare telehealth and telemedicine). Source: Teledentistry – Wikipedia I think this is too basic. We are already doing remote diagnosis of digital radiographs and new digital diagnostic devices will continue to revolutionize how we diagnose. Patients can […]

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