13 Jul Artificial Intelligence Has Arrived in Cardiology
As artificial intelligence (AI) becomes a larger part of healthcare, more products are being developed for use within cardiology. Machine learning can assist humans in doing better work, and as greater pressure is put on physicians to do more with less time, companies that specialize in AI are looking to provide greater tools to assist cardiologists in repetitive tasks and providing better decision making tools. There are several use cases for AI within cardiology and products for it are being developed currently.
This means that startups specializing in artificial intelligence for cardiovascular treatment are seeing new funding. Cardiac Rhythm News is reporting that inHEART, a European developer of a cloud-based medical image analysis solutions for cardiac interventions in arrhythmia patients, recently received a €3.7 million round of funding. InHeart provides a software-based tool that creates 3-D images of a patient’s heart using preoperative medical images. According to inHeart’s press release, this enables a cardiologist to better plan the procedure and it assists them in navigating instruments during those procedures.
In another application of AI to cardiology, MobiHealthNews reports that Ultromics recently won a $10 million series B round of funding for a cardiac-decision-support tool. Ultromics’ tool scans through echocardiograms to look for heart disease as well as other health issues.
Another use case of AI for cardiology is Biofourmis’ RhythmAnalytics, which is a cloud-based software product that reads and interprets cardiac arrhythmias. RhythmAnalytics is a software product that’s designed to be integrated into medical devices. It has been cleared by the FDA to scan for over 15 types of cardiac arrhythmias, including ventricular arrhythmia and atrial fibrillation. Of course, RhythmAnalytics’ interpretations are not meant to supplement those of medical professionals, merely to be an additional data point in the decision-making process.
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