Comcast is reportedly growing an in-home health tracking device with a health AI assistant, nameless sources instructed CNBC. The enlargement into fitness care is primarily for the home cable and internet organization that has extra than 20 million customers.
The ambient listening device will display such things as frequency of trips to the restroom and time spent in mattress. Pilots may begin later this 12 months, while the tool will reportedly be made commercially available in 2020.
The tool gained’t do things like play tune or search the net like different AI assistants, however, it’s going to talk, have a personality, and, not like Google Assistant and Alexa, could be capable of making 911 smartphone calls.
Also being made via Comcast are gadgets with sensors for fall detection. Apple Watch 4 can also come across falls and atrial fibrillation.
Comcast has implemented a number of services to makes it’s very own services more like Google Assistant and Alexa, with capabilities like voice manipulate and the capacity to manipulate clever home gadgets from famous manufacturers like August, Ecobee, Philips Hue, and Nest.
The news follows the introduction of health care Alexa abilities for Echo gadgets in advance this year. Amazon’s HIPAA-eligible skills are getting used to do such things as permit fitness care vendors to agenda identical-day appointments or test an affected person’s brand new blood sugar readings.
Specialized robots also are being made for patients to apply at domestic, such as Mabu, a robotic in trials with Kaiser Permanente congestive coronary heart failure patients.
For health care experts, Moxi is a robotic trying to assist deal with a scarcity of nurses in hospitals, and Nuance Communications started out to broaden an AI assistant and clever speaker for medical doctors in 2017.
In different health care and AI news this week, Google’s Verily these days mounted partnerships with pharmaceutical companies to start medical trials. On Monday, Google also shared a new AI model on common better than human radiologists with years of revel in at detection of lung cancer. First, let’s get a little historical perspective on American health care. This is not intended to be an exhausted look into that history but it will give us an appreciation of how the health care system and our expectations for it developed. What drove costs higher and higher?
To begin, let’s turn to the American civil war. In that war, dated tactics and the carnage inflicted by modern weapons of the era combined to cause ghastly results. Not generally known is that most of the deaths on both sides of that war were not the result of actual combat but to what happened after a battlefield wound was inflicted. To begin with, evacuation of the wounded moved at a snail’s pace and this caused severe delays in treating the wounded. Secondly, many wounds were subjected to wound care, related surgeries and/or amputations of the affected limbs and this often resulted in the onset of massive infection. So you might survive a battle wound only to die at the hands of medical care providers who although well-intentioned, their interventions were often quite lethal. High death tolls can also be ascribed to everyday sicknesses and diseases in a time when no antibiotics existed. In total something like 600,000 deaths occurred from all causes, over 2% of the U.S. population at the time!
Let’s skip to the first half of the 20th century for some additional perspective and to bring us up to more modern times. After the civil war there were steady improvements in American medicine in both the understanding and treatment of certain diseases, new surgical techniques and in physician education and training. But for the most part the best that doctors could offer their patients was a “wait and see” approach. Medicine could handle bone fractures and increasingly attempt risky surgeries (now largely performed in sterile surgical environments) but medicines were not yet available to handle serious illnesses. The majority of deaths remained the result of untreatable conditions such as tuberculosis, pneumonia, scarlet fever and measles and/or related complications. Doctors were increasingly aware of heart and vascular conditions, and cancer but they had almost nothing with which to treat these conditions.