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Digital Pulse: AI can improve predictions for invasive breast cancer; A chatbot is helping patients with their cancer care; Google takes over your Fitbit


The latest health care technology news

AI can improve predictions for invasive breast cancer

A report in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that AI could improve the efficacy of radiology workflows by combining machine learning and AI image analysis. By combining AI image analysis with image-based risk scoring, researchers demonstrated the ability to predict long-term breast cancer risk, according to the study from the Mayo Clinic and the University of California – San Francisco.

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A chatbot is helping patients with their cancer care

Penny, an AI chatbot employed by Penn Medicine, is helping patients with their cancer care and is doing a pretty good job at it, according to a report. Nearly 4,000 medication-related text messages were routed through Penny and about 93% were accurately interpreted, with patient engagement for symptom assessment increasing from 25% to 70%. Patients in the study were taking chemotherapy drugs at home, and these can have complex instructions. The team at Penn was testing whether a Chatbot could help patients with their treatment.

Google takes over your Fitbit

Google acquired Fitbit in early 2021, and last year announced that a Google account would be needed to sign up for Fitbit. As of June 6, Google login support will go live on Fitbit’s app, according to a report. Existing Fitbit users have until 2025 to transition, but any new accounts must go through Google or else the device cannot be activated. Google previously promised that it won't use your health data to show ads, and Fitbit data can be managed from a Google account and the Fitbit app.

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