Fueling breakthroughs in pharma AI: 3 critical factors 

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Big data and AI offer massive opportunities to the pharmaceutical industry — in theory. In reality, many companies are struggling to realize the potential of these tools. Some organizations have been hesitant or resistant to leveraging the technologies. Others may have attempted to embrace them early on but are now beginning their second or third incarnations of “digital transformation,” likely with some layoffs along the way.

Why the difficulty? Digital transformation is, of course, a massive undertaking — requiring enterprise-wide coordination and a clear, focused vision. In the real world, organizations have struggled with defining a focus for their AI efforts and sustaining the investments necessary to reach them. It’s easy to get excited about the prospect of using AI to solve everything under the sun, but more often, successes are coming when teams stay focus…

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Google Health hires FDA’s chief digital health officer

Bakul Patel in 2016, when he was the associate director for digital health in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health [FDA photo by Michael Ermarth]Former FDA Chief Digital Health Officer of Global Strategy and Innovation Bakul Patel has started a new job with Google after 13 years with the regulatory agency.

Patel became senior director, global digital health strategy and regulatory for Google Health earlier this month, he said on LinkedIn.

Patel recounted highlights of his “incredible journey since 2008” at the FDA, including the introduction of functionality-based regulations in the FDA’s mobile medical apps guidance, working with international agencies to define and regulate software-as-a-medical-device (SaMD), developing the Digital Health Software Precertification (Pre-Cert) Program and launching the Digital Health Center of Excellence.

Patel had only been in his latest role at FDA since February, previously serving as director of the FDA…

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Stryker leaders talk medtech trends at DeviceTalks Boston: ‘If you’re slow, you’re going to lose’

Tracy Robertson is VP of Digital at Stryker. [Photo courtesy of Stryker]The first day of DeviceTalks Boston closed with a panel of Stryker (NYSE:SYK) executives discussing new tools, technologies and strategies in medtech.

Digital VP Tracy Robertson, Digital, Robotics, and Enabling Technologies President Robert Cohen and Surgical Technologies VP of Digital Innovation Siddarth Satish offered their thoughts on industry trends in healthcare and at the Kalamazoo, Michigan–based orthopedic device giant.

It was only the first question posed to the panel yesterday, which also featured Dave Lively — SVP of Product Management, Vocera (now part of Stryker) — and was moderated by Orthopaedics and Spine Group President Spencer Stiles.

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Stryker leaders talk medtech trends at DeviceTalks Boston: ‘If you’re slow, you’re going to lose’

The first day of DeviceTalks Boston closed with a panel of Stryker (NYSE:SYK) executives discussing new tools, technologies and strategies in medtech.

Digital VP Tracy Robertson, Digital, Robotics, and Enabling Technologies President Robert Cohen and Surgical Technologies VP of Digital Innovation Siddarth Satish offered their thoughts on industry trends in healthcare and at the Kalamazoo, Michigan–based orthopedic device giant.

It was only the first question posed to the panel, which also featured Dave Lively — SVP of Product Management, Vocera (now part of Stryker) — and was moderated by Orthopaedics and Spine Group President Spencer Stiles. Watch for more from the discussion at Medical Design & Outsourcing.

The following has been lightly edited for space and clarity.

Tracy Robertson is VP of Digital at Stryker. [Photo courtesy of Stryker]

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Here’s where Harvard’s engineering dean sees medtech research going

Harvard University constructed a 500,000-square-foot Science and Engineering Complex (SEC) for SEAS in Boston’s Allston neighborhood in 2020. [Image courtesy of Harvard SEAS]

Surgical robotics, artificial intelligence, and combatting climate change are but some of the priorities that have Harvard’s engineering school dean excited.

Speaking today at DeviceTalks Boston, Frank J. Doyle III described the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences as a “well-kept secret” historically. But Harvard engineering is staking out a strong position when it comes to medtech innovation.

Doyle noted that the school he runs has 5% of the faculty — and produces 40% of the startups out of Harvard.

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The cloud is transforming medtech: Amazon, Microsoft, Google, J&J, Philips and GE Healthcare leaders explain

[Illustration via Adobe Stock] Leaders in medtech and cloud computing discuss payoffs and potential in device connectivity, product development and cross-industry partnerships.

If knowledge is power, that power comes from a steady stream of information, and we know there’s no shortage of that in healthcare.

The challenge has long been how to capture that information, store it, analyze it and deploy it to improve medical product design, manufacturing and the health of patients.

Then came the cloud, and with it a host of acronyms: software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and — following the same convention — software as a medical device (SaMD).

Over the past few months, Medical Design & Outsourcing connected with leaders in medtech and cloud computing, including the three largest providers of cloud computing services: Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN), Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Google (Nasdaq: GOOGL).…

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The cloud is transforming medtech: Amazon, Microsoft, Google, J&J, Philips and GE Healthcare leaders explain

[Illustration via Adobe Stock]

Leaders in medtech and cloud computing discuss payoffs and potential in device connectivity, product development and cross-industry partnerships.

If knowledge is power, that power comes from a steady stream of information, and we know there’s no shortage of that in healthcare.

The challenge has long been how to capture that information, store it, analyze it and deploy it to improve medical product design, manufacturing and the health of patients.

Then came the cloud, and with it a host of acronyms: software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and — following the same convention — software as a medical device (SaMD).

Over the past few months, Medical Design & Outsourcing connected with leaders in medtech and cloud computing, including the three largest providers of cloud computing services: Amazon (Nasda…

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Amazon Web Services is powering medtech innovation: Its chief medical officer explains

It doesn’t get any bigger than Amazon in the world of cloud computing.

Dr. Taha Kass-Hout is the chief medical officer and director of machine learning at Amazon Web Services [Photo courtesy of Amazon]The Amazon Web Services cloud computing business at Seattle-based Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) is the largest player in the industry, with control of about a third of the market and a significant lead over cloud competitors Microsoft and Google.

Dr. Taha Kass-Hout, the chief medical officer and director of machine learning at AWS, spoke with Medical Design & Outsourcing as part of an ongoing series of conversations about cloud computing’s contributions to medtech and the potential ahead.

“The future is bright for anyone who’s trying to solve problems in healthcare and life science globally,” he said.

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An Amazon cloud conversation with AWS Chief Medical Officer Taha Kass-Hout

Taha Kass-Hout is the chief medical officer and director of machine learning at Amazon Web Services [Photo courtesy of Amazon]

It doesn’t get any bigger than Amazon in the world of cloud computing.

The Amazon Web Services cloud computing business at Seattle-based Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) is the largest player in the industry, with control of about a third of the market and a significant lead over cloud competitors Microsoft and Google.

Taha Kass-Hout, the chief medical officer and director of machine learning at AWS, spoke with Medical Design & Outsourcing as part of an ongoing series of conversations about cloud computing’s contributions to medtech and the potential ahead.

“The future is bright for anyone who’s trying to solve problems in healthcare and life science globally,” he said.

This conversation has been edited for clarity and length.

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Aidoc’s AI-powered X-ray system cleared to detect collapsed lungs

An x-ray showing pneumothorax [Image courtesy of Aidoc]

Aidoc said today it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for AI-powered X-ray detection of pneumothorax, also known as a collapsed lung.

It’s the latest indication for New York-based Aidoc’s triage and notification system, which has already been FDA 510(k) cleared for flagging suspected intracranial hemorrhage, large vessel occlusions, acute cervical spine fractures, pulmonary embolism, incidental pulmonary embolism, intra-abdominal free gas and rib fractures.

The new offering runs on all X-ray machines (including portable devices) to automatically flag suspected cases of pneumothorax so radiologists and other doctors can act before respiratory or cardiac failure.

“This FDA clearance further validates the breadth of our AI platform, going beyond specific AI algorithms to act as a healthcare AI hub for the enterprise’s cro…

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GE Healthcare to roll out AI-powered Edison Digital Health Platform

GE Healthcare (NYSE:GE) today announced plans for its Edison Digital Health Platform.

The news was part of HIMSS 2022 in Orlando, Florida, where GE Healthcare officials described Edison as a vendor-agnostic hosting and data aggregation platform with an integrated AI engine.

The Edison Digital Health Platform could enable health providers to effectively deploy clinical, workflow, analytics and AI tools, according to GE. The platform accelerates app integration by connecting devices and other data sources into an aggregated clinical data layer.

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GE Healthcare to roll out AI-powered Edison Digital Health Platform

GE Healthcare (NYSE:GE) today announced plans for its Edison Digital Health Platform.

The news was part of HIMSS 2022 in Orlando, Florida, where GE Healthcare officials described Edison as a vendor-agnostic hosting and data aggregation platform with an integrated AI engine.

The Edison Digital Health Platform could enable health providers to effectively deploy clinical, workflow, analytics and AI tools, according to GE. The platform accelerates app integration by connecting devices and other data sources into an aggregated clinical data layer.

Open and published interfaces on Edison will support the easy deployment of healthcare providers and third-party developers’ applications into existing workflows. In addition, GE Healthcare plans to integrate and deploy its own apps such as Command Center “tiles” onto the Edison Digital Health Platform.

“Edison Digital Health Platform is being designed to enable healthcare systems to have a single platf…

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