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Welcome back to Supermedic!

This week, we explore the latest advancements in AI for healthcare, from chatbots offering mental health support to platforms assisting radiologists. We also delve into the importance of cybersecurity for protecting your health data.

Let's get into it!



  • Can AI Chatbots Be Your Pocket Therapist? (VIDEO)

  • Has your Health Information Been Exposed? (GUIDE)

  • The Most Promising Healthcare AI Company of 2024, per Forbes

  • Can Synthetic Data Boost Fairness in Medical Imaging AI? (STUDY)

  • Tesla’s Autopilot Helps Owner to Reach Hospital During Medical Emergency

Read time: under 6 minutes


Can AI Chatbots Be Your Pocket Therapist?

Imagine having a therapist available 24/7, right on your smartphone. That's the promise of AI-powered chatbots designed to offer mental health support.

60 Minutes dives into this growing trend, exploring the potential and pitfalls of these virtual companions with their guest Alison Darcy, famous psychologist and founder of Woebot.

Since Woebot went live in 2017, the company reports 1.5 million users.

For those who wants to skip the video, I got you covered, here is a quick recap:

  • Hope for Increased Access: The discussion highlights the critical shortage of human therapists and the potential of chatbots to bridge this gap. Apps like Woebot use conversation prompts and pre-programmed responses to help users manage issues like depression and anxiety.

  • The Dark Side of Generative AI: However, the video also raises concerns about chatbots powered by "generative AI." These systems can generate unpredictable and potentially harmful advice, as seen with the case of Tessa, an eating disorder chatbot.

  • Human Connection vs. Algorithms: Experts warn against chatbots replacing the human connection and empathy offered by traditional therapy.

  • Regulation Needed: The report emphasizes the lack of regulation surrounding mental health chatbots.


Has your Health Information Been Exposed? A Guide to Checking and Protecting Yourself (US Resident Only)

Alarming Rise in Healthcare Data Breaches

Healthcare data breaches are on the rise, with a record-breaking 144 million Americans affected last year. Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting the healthcare industry due to the valuable personal information it holds. These attacks can disrupt patient care, expose sensitive data, and even endanger lives.

How to Check if Your Information Has Been Compromised ?

Visit the HHS Portal : https://ocrportal.hhs.gov/ocr/breach/breach_report.jsf
You can search by company name, location, or breach type to see if your information is at risk.

Steps to Take if Your Information is Exposed

  • Monitor your credit report: Be vigilant for fraudulent activity, such as unexpected medical bills or unauthorized access to your credit cards.

  • Consider a credit freeze: This can prevent unauthorized access to new lines of credit using your stolen information.

  • Report the breach: If you suspect your data is compromised, file a complaint with the HHS Office for Civil Rights.

How to Protect Yourself Going Forward

  • Be mindful with your information: Avoid sharing sensitive medical data online or over unsecured networks.

  • Maintain strong passwords: Use unique and complex passwords for all your online accounts, especially those related to healthcare.

  • Stay informed: Keep up-to-date on cybersecurity best practices and be wary of phishing scams that target your health information.

Remember: While data breaches are a growing concern, proactive measures can help protect your sensitive healthcare information. By following these steps, you can minimize the risk of identity theft and safeguard your health data.


The Most Promising Healthcare AI Company of 2024 According to Forbes

According to a Forbes' "AI 50" list highlighting the most promising private AI companies, Abridge is the healthcare sector's most promising AI company in 2024.

Founded in 2018 by cardiologist Shiv Rao, MD, in Pittsburgh, Abridge uses AI to summarize doctor-patient conversations, saving doctors time on paperwork. The company has grown to 75 employees, boasts 10,000 clinician users nationwide, and holds a valuation of $850 million.


Can Synthetic Data Boost Fairness in Medical Imaging AI?

Each row of images corresponds to a different dermatological condition, all generated by AI

In a recent Nature Medicine study, researchers explored the use of diffusion models to enhance medical machine learning models in histopathology, chest X-rays, and dermatological imaging. They aimed to tackle the challenge of domain generalization, where medical AI often underperforms due to discrepancies in data sets and underrepresentation of certain groups or conditions.

How It Works?

The team generated synthetic images using diffusion models, which were then added to training datasets to improve both the robustness and fairness of AI diagnostics. This approach allowed the AI to perform better across various distributions, not just the ones they were initially trained on, and also helped to reduce diagnostic disparities among different patient groups.


Significant improvements were noted in diagnostic accuracy and fairness metrics, particularly in 'out-of-distribution' data scenarios, with the models achieving better performance in identifying conditions from enhanced synthetic images. Moreover, the use of synthetic data helped bridge the gap in data availability for rare diseases and underrepresented groups, demonstrating a potential path forward to more equitable healthcare outcomes through technology.

Looking into the future:

While promising, the researchers cautioned about the potential risks of relying too heavily on synthetic data, such as perpetuating existing biases or creating overdependence on AI systems without sufficient oversight. The study suggests a balanced approach, combining real and synthetic data to train more capable and fair medical AI systems.


Tesla’s Autopilot Helps Owner to Reach Hospital During Medical Emergency

A car driving its owner to the hospital is an unheard-of rescue story.

Maxpaul Franklin, a Tesla Model Y owner from Asheville, wrote a post on X that explains how his car drove him to a hospital almost 13 miles away from his home. Maxpaul suffered a mild heart attack with severe dehydration and a blood glucose level of 670.

It's worth noting that Tesla's Full Self Driving (FSD) is still a work in progress, currently labeled as a Level 2 semi-autonomous driving system. Until it reaches Level 5 full autonomy, Tesla should not encourage people to use it for such medical emergency cases.

Next time Maxpaul, call an ambulance ;)


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Other AI Healthcare News

  • AI will provide heart transplant surgeons with new decision-making data, say researchers.

  • AI may be able to assist seniors’ caregivers in offering support and information about radiation oncology treatment, a new study shows.

  • Google Cloud and Bayer are building a new AI-powered platform to help radiologists work more efficiently and reduce burden.

  • Kaiser Permanente uses AI to redirect 'simple' patient messages from physician inboxes.

  • The National Academy of Medicine Unveils Draft Code for Responsible AI in Healthcare

  • UMass Chan Medical School and MITRE announced plans to open an assurance lab to test healthcare artificial intelligence technologies.

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