Alexa, where are the legal limits on what Amazon can do with my health data?

The contract between the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and ecommerce giant Amazon — for a health information licensing partnership involving its Alexa voice AI — has been released following a Freedom of Information request. The government announced the partnership this summer. But the date on the contract, which was published on the gov.uk contracts finder site months after the FOI was filed, shows the open-ended arrangement to funnel nipped-and-tucked health advice from the NHS’ website to Alexa users in audio form was inked back in December 2018. The contract is between the UK government and Amazon Digital Services, Delaware) —In , when the government officially announced the Alexa-NHS partnership, its PR provided a few So it turns out the …

The UKs National Health Service is launching an AI lab

The UK government has announced it’s rerouting £250M (~$300M) in public funds for the country’s National Health Service (NHS) to set up an artificial intelligence lab that will work to expand the use of AI technologies within the service. The Lab, which will sit within a new NHS unit tasked with overseeing the digitisation of the health and care system (aka: NHSX), will AI systems for day-to-day tasks inspecting algorithms already used by the NHS to increase the standards of Could the #NHS in the UK self-finance a large part of #HealthTechnology innovation if it had the courage to commercialize its data trove? Hint: YES.https://t.co/9PKTEKLSdc — Mark Tluszcz (@marktluszcz) August 8, 2019 Commenting on the launch of NHSX in a statement, …

What leading HealthTech VCs are investing in

Why is tech still aiming for the healthcare industry? It seems full of endless regulatory hurdles or stories of misguided founders with no knowledge of the space, running headlong into it, only to fall on their faces. Theranos is a prime example of a founder with zero health background or understanding of the industry — and just look what happened there! The company folded not long after founder Elizabeth Holmes came under criminal investigation and was barred from operating in her own labs for carelessly handling sensitive health data and test results. But sometimes tech figures it out. It took years for 23andMe to breakthrough FDA regulations — it’s since more than tripled its business and moved into drug discovery. …

Trump and Pence Target Trans Health CareAnd Their LGBT Discrimination Plans Dont End There

The Trump-Pence administration today took another step toward creating two separate and unequal health-care systems in America: one for straight people protected by law, and another in which proposed new rule undoes an Obama-era reported that the Trump administration is considering a nationwide religious exemption to allow foster care agencies to discriminate against say that they have experienced some form of a discrimination in a health care setting. In a 2018 NPR poll found that 31 percent of trans Americans lack regular access to health care, with 22 percent saying that they avoided doctors out of fear of being discriminated against. Those at the poverty line, people of color, and especially trans women of color, are disproportionately affected. Moreover, because …

Biofourmis raises $35M to develop smarter treatments for chronic diseases

Biofourmis, a Singapore-based startup pioneering a distinctly tech-based approach to the treatment of chronic conditions, has raised a $35 million Series B round for expansion. The round was led by Sequoia India and MassMutual Ventures, the VC fund from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. Other investors who put in include EDBI, the corporate investment arm of Singapore’s Economic Development Board, China-based healthcare platform Jianke and existing investors Openspace Ventures, Aviva Ventures and SGInnovate, a Singapore government initiative for deep tech startups. The round takes Biofourmis to $41.6 million raised to date, according to Crunchbase. This isn’t your typical TechCrunch funding story. Biofourmis CEO Kuldeep Singh Rajput moved to Singapore to start a PhD, but he dropped out to start the …