H|T: The Healthtech Times – Supercharging MRI scans with AI

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Joule appoints 1QBit chief medical officer Deepak Kaura as board chair (BETAKIT)

Kaura will begin his role as chair on September 1, which coincides with the end of the term for current board chair Debbie Fischer.

Birth control app becomes the first-ever to win FDA marketing approval (THESTAR)

The condom, the pill, and now the smartphone? Natural Cycles, a mobile fertility app, this month became the first ever digital contraceptive device to win FDA marketing approval.

Amazon hires star cardiologist as it pushes deeper into health care (CNN)

Maulik Majmudar, who is also associate director of the Healthcare Transformation Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital, announced that he is moving to “an exciting and challenging role Amazon.”

One Medical raises $350 million from Carlyle Group to help double up offices and offerings (TECHCRUNCH)

The funding will go toward a serious expansion for the company, including doubling its 72 offices throughout the seven states One Medical is currently serving and expanding into new markets.

Forget 10,000 steps: Google is trying out a new goal that won’t intimidate you (CNBC)

10,000 steps might not seem like a lot of activity. But for millions of people, it’s such an intimidating goal that they give up after a few days. At least, that’s what Google’s product folks discovered when they started doing research into how users felt about its Google Fit app, its equivalent of Apple’s health software.

Audible gets guided meditation and workouts courtesy of Aaptiv (TECHCRUNCH)

Audible is getting into the fitness business with a little help from Aaptiv. The Amazon-owned audiobook giant is adding content from the popular audio fitness app. There are only three guided courses to start — all firmly targeted at beginners.

GrowUp Cannabis Hackathon invites hackers to build solutions for the cannabis industry (BETAKIT)

The GrowUp Cannabis Hackathon will invite participants to explore ideas related to tracking, purchasing, reporting, strain identification, and verification.

NYU and Facebook team up to supercharge MRI scans with AI (TECHCRUNCH)

NYU is collaborating with Facebook with the goal of cutting down MRI durations by 90 percent by applying AI-based imaging tools.

Rural telehealth expands as companies, government seek to close connectivity gaps (HEALTHTECHMAGAZINE)

The FCC, Microsoft and others are providing the necessary resources to bring virtual visits to those in remote regions of the country.

Healthtech company RDMD secures $3 million in seed funding (FINSMES)

RDMD, which is dedicated to accelerating research for patients with rare diseases, raised the funding from Lux Capital, with participation from Village Global, First Round’s Healthcare Co-Op, Garuda, Shasta Ventures, and others.


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Amira Zubairi

Amira Zubairi is a staff writer and content creator at BetaKit with a strong interest in Canadian startup, business, and legal tech news. In her free time, Amira indulges in baking desserts, working out, and watching legal shows.

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