Happy Easter if you’re celebrating it.
Before I give you the promised resources, I’d like to kindly invite you to write for Medical Notes. I decided that the best way to expand this publication is to give those interested in digital health a chance to publish their thoughts online.
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🦾 AI failures
More often than not, we only praise AI for what it can do for healthcare. However, we rarely see the other side. A contrarian scientific article from NPJ Digital Medicine discusses methodological failures in machine learning for medical images. On the other hand, it’s great to read that problems in bias, datasets, analysis, and evaluation are already being worked on and improved.
This is great material for a longer post about this topic. Expect it shortly!
☎️ Blockchain Observatory
The EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum published a 66-page document that describes the difficulties of healthcare and how blockchain can save them. But you don’t have to read the whole report, since Cointelegraph published a summary about it.
- Old system, new challenges
- Centralisation, properly served
- The fight against counterfeiting
- To go global, go blockchain
- Data safety
- An encouraging conclusion
The only thing I miss is to stress that the patients should be 100% owners of their data, with some backup systems to prevent losses.
I discovered a post on Google Cloud blog about a startup that aims to improve the treatment of speech disorders with VR. withVR is a company that provides “customisable virtual reality speaking situations to support individuals and groups who seek, provide, and research speech therapy”. They’re collaborating with more than 80 labs and hospitals in more than 20 countries worldwide. The description in the post on Google Cloud blog is also a great reminder that you can build an app with the services and APIs Google already offers.