By David Wang, General Manager, Informatics at PerkinElmer Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere we turn—from smart cars, drones and music streaming, to social media, cell phones and banking. AI (and machine learning) is also an innovation whose time has come in the lab. Researchers are looking for ways to more easily and effectively access, analyze and spotlight scientific data that is growing in volume and complexity and often dispersed across hard-to-access silos. The importance of being able to make data-driven hypotheses and decisions for all scientists and technicians in life sciences, bio-pharmaceutical, food science or other R&D disciplines is paramount, and R&D labs can now harness the benefits of advanced AI tools to do this, accomplishing in mere seconds or minutes what once took weeks or months. Leveraging the unique capabilities of AI to accelerate this journey, however, starts with an understanding of the current state of scientific and … [Read more...] about Getting Labs Ready for AI—Five Things to Consider
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By Kelly ServickApr. 11, 2019 , 9:30 AM At age 16, Danielle Bassett spent most of her day at the piano, trying to train her fingers and ignoring a throbbing pain in her forearms. She hoped to pursue a career in music and had been assigning herself relentless practice sessions. But the more she rehearsed Johannes Brahms's feverish Rhapsody in B Minor on her family's Steinway, the clearer it became that something was wrong. Finally, a surgeon confirmed it: Stress fractures would force her to give up the instrument for a year. "What was left in my life was rather bleak," Bassett says. Her home-schooled upbringing in rural central Pennsylvania had instilled a love of math, science, and the arts. But by 17, discouraged by her parents from attending college and disheartened at her loss of skill while away from the keys, she expected that responsibilities as a housewife and mother would soon eclipse any hopes of a career. "I wasn't happy with that plan," she says. Instead, Bassett catapulted … [Read more...] about This physicist is trying to make sense of the brain’s tangled networks
Despite all of the talk about whether artificial intelligence algorithms will replace doctors, Eric Topol isn’t worried. Topol is a cardiologist at the Scripps Research Institute, a geneticist, and the author of several books about the future of health care. His newest book is called Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again (out now from Basic Books). Topol argues that humans will always crave the bond of being cared for by other humans and that AI can help enhance that bond and bring it back — if doctors are willing to stand up to business interests. The Verge spoke to Topol about how health care works today, health privacy concerns in the age of AI, and the importance of physician activism. This interview has been lightly edited for clarity. Before we talk about how AI will affect health care and the patient-doctor relationship, can you tell me what that relationship looks like right now? The relationship has deteriorated. It’s … [Read more...] about A doctor explains how artificial intelligence could improve the patient-doctor bond
Editor’s Note: Ten days after this story about the death of Laura Levis was published on BostonGlobe.com, the leaders of Somerville hospital’s parent company, Cambridge Health Alliance, met with her husband, Peter DeMarco, at the Globe’s Boston office. DeMarco, who had talked about the story on NBC Nightly News and other outlets, had asked CHA nearly a month earlier to answer questions about his wife’s death. * * * SEPTEMBER 16, 2016, 4:23:59 A.M. 911 operator: “This line is recorded. Where is your emergency?” Laura: “I’m at Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “I’m sorry. Where are you?” Laura: “Somerville Hospital.” 911 operator: “OK, what’s the emergency?” Laura: “I’m having an asthma attack. I’m dying.” 911 operator: “Whereabouts are you at the hospital?” Laura: “Emergency room.” 911 operator: “OK.” Laura: … [Read more...] about Laura Levis was left to die outside an ER. Why were the doors locked?
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