Are AI-Powered Devices Really the Future for Healthcare?

Artificial intelligence is virtually everywhere right now, especially in medtech. But are companies investing in AI just because all the cool kids are doing it, or because of what the technology could ultimately do for healthcare? What is the current state of AI in medtech and what is standing in the way of the technology reaching its full potential? Industry experts will tackle these questions and more at MD&M West in Anaheim, CA on Feb. 11 during a panel session dubbed, "Are AI-Powered Devices Really the Future for Healthcare?" As moderator, I had the opportunity to chat with the panelists this week and I can promise you that this is one discussion you won't want to miss. While nobody would deny the enormous potential of using AI in healthcare, today most applications of the technology are on the administrative side for things like scheduling patient appointments, Beth Andrews pointed out. Vice president of managed accounts at Moving Analytics, Andrews is a global innovation and visionary growth leader in fields including medical devices, software, informatics and AI. Figuring out how to seamlessly incorporate AI into the clinical workflow is one challenge she sees with this emerging technology. "I found when I was working in Silicon Valley there was a lot of 'we're going to build a platform with tools.' Well, a nurse taking care of patients is not going to be using tools in her busy workflow, so I think it's important to talk about wh...
Source: MDDI - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

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AbstractPurposeThe association of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) severity and related health status with sleep quality remains unclear. We aimed to investigate the association between COPD and sleep quality in the Greek national branch of the UNLOCK cohort.MethodsA sample of 257 COPD patients enrolled cross-sectionally from primary care in Greece. Sleep quality was assessed by the COPD and Asthma Sleep Impact Scale (CASIS-7 items) questionnaire (higher score indicates worse sleep quality). We tested for associations of sleep impairment with health status (CAT and mMRC scores), exacerbations, hospitalizations,...
Source: Sleep and Breathing - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
ConclusionsThe majority of trials of treatments for physical conditions examined excluded the majority of patients with the condition being treated. Almost a quarter of the trials studied excluded over 90% of patients, more than half of trials excluded at least three quarters of patients, and four out of five trials excluded at least half of patients. A limitation is that most studies applied only a subset of eligibility criteria, so exclusion rates are likely under-estimated. Exclusion from trials of older people and people with co-morbidity and co-prescribing is increasingly untenable given population aging and increasin...
Source: Trials - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
Emerging findings indicate there is a vital cross-talk between gut microbiota and the lungs, which is known as gut–lung axis. The gut disturbances in lung diseases including allergy, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis and lung cancer were observed by extensive studies. Investigating how gut microbiota impact other distant organs is of great interest in recent years. Although it has not been fully understood whether the disturbance is the cause or effect of lung diseases, alterations in the gut microbial species and metabolites have been linked to changes in immune responses and inflammatio...
Source: Frontiers in Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
ák Igaz Réh During production, thermally modified wood is processed using the same machining operations as unmodified wood. Machining wood is always accompanied with the creation of dust particles. The smaller they become, the more hazardous they are. Employees are exposed to a greater health hazard when machining thermally modified wood because a considerable amount of fine dust is produced under the same processing conditions than in the case of unmodified wood. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) states that wood dust causes cancer of the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses and...
Source: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Tags: Article Source Type: research
ConclusionsThese findings suggest that glycopyrronium, formoterol, and a combination of glycopyrronium, formoterol, and budesonide inhibit HCoV-229E replication partly by inhibiting receptor expression and/or endosomal function and that these drugs modulate infection-induced inflammation in the airway.
Source: Respiratory Investigation - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
ConclusionsThis large observational study based on claims data reliably identified subjects with COPD treated with open TT and their burden on the NHS. Moreover, it could describe the real clinical management of the open TT, before the marketing of the fixed one. These findings are useful for health policymakers in order to promote the appropriate utilization of both currently marketed and future therapies.
Source: Pulmonary Pharmacology and Therapeutics - Category: Respiratory Medicine Source Type: research
Authors: Ingawale DK, Mandlik SK Abstract Inflammation is a physiological intrinsic host response to injury meant for removal of noxious stimuli and maintenance of homeostasis. It is a defensive body mechanism that involves immune cells, blood vessels and molecular mediators of inflammation. Glucocorticoids (GCs) are steroidal hormones responsible for regulation of homeostatic and metabolic functions of body. Synthetic GCs are the most useful anti-inflammatory drugs used for the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), allergies, multiple sclerosis, te...
Source: Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Immunopharmacol Immunotoxicol Source Type: research
AbstractMast cells (MCs) are granular cells of the innate immune system which develop from CD34+/CD117+ progenitors and play a role in orchestrating adaptive immune responses. They have a well-known role in allergic reactions following immunoglobulin (Ig)E-mediated activation of the cell-surface expressed IgE high-affinity receptor (Fc εRI). MCs can also respond to various other stimuli due to the expression of a variety of receptors including toll-like receptors (TLRs), immunoglobulin (IgG) receptors (FcγR), complement receptors such as C5a (CD88) expressed by skin MCs, neuropeptides receptors including nerv...
Source: Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
New technology, including smart phones, may be helpful in improving cystic fibrosis (CF) care and quality of life. Mobile phone technology offers the possibility of addressing a variety of challenges for individuals with CF. Phone apps may improve communication between patients and CF providers, improve social connectedness, adherence to therapy, and overall well-being. Studies in other chronic conditions such as diabetes mellitus, asthma, and COPD have demonstrated that use of mobile apps can result in significant clinical benefits [1].
Source: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Editorial Source Type: research
Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) cause significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. In the context of disease pathogenesis, both asthma and COPD involve chronic inflammation of the lung and are characterised by the abnormal release of inflammatory cytokines, dysregulated immune cell activity and remodelling of the airways. To date, current treatments still only manage symptoms and do not reverse the primary disease processes. In recent work, interleukin (IL)-1α and IL-1β have been suggested to play important roles in both asthma and COPD. In this review, we summarise overwhelming pre-cli...
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Back to Basics Source Type: research
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