Digital health news update: Machine learning meets health search

Published on: 15 March, 2016 Alphabet’s Google Life Sciences Verily is working on developing the “Google of human systems biology” – a health search function that will reach into “difficult to crack domains” including smartphones for medical data and use machine learning to contextualize it. The proliferation of retail clinics was expected to increase access to care while lowering the cost to payers. Well, that turned out to be half right. A study using Aetna claims data for eleven low-actuity conditions found a substantial increase in utilization and a modest increase in spending. Having retreated from initially-planned medical applications for the Apple Watch, Apple filed a patent that envisions the watch alerting caregivers and/or HCPs to medical events (such as heart attack) detected by iPhone and Apple Watch sensors. Merck…

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