New Google partnership brings self-driving car tech to hospital rooms

Google and artificial intelligence startup care.ai announced a partnership Oct. 24 to bring autonomous monitoring technology to hospital rooms to prevent avoidable falls, protocol breaches and other medical errors, and improve staff efficiency.

Each "Self-Aware Room" will be equipped with an AI sensor that combines care.ai's machine learning platform and library of human behavioral data with Google's Coral Edge Tensor Processing Unit. The Edge TPU enables the sensor to monitor behavior and send predictive alerts to staff in real-time, Chakri Toleti, care.ai founder and CEO, explained in a news release.

Additionally, the sensors' deep neural networks continually "learn" and improve, and can identify strengths and weaknesses in clinician workflows, automatically improving accuracy and efficiency.

The companies have launched pilot programs with several hospitals and health systems across the U.S., including Maitland, Fla.-based post-acute care provider Consulate Healthcare.

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