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How healthcare startups are building a modern data platform using AWS



The entry of private players in healthcare services has put the spotlight on digitising health records. From medical reports to insurance claims and health history, most of the data is unstructured and unorganised. To streamline and make the best use of this data, AWS provides a cloud platform with state-of-the-art features and 360-degree support.

AWS in association with YourStory hosted a webinar on the theme ‘Building modern healthcare data platform on AWS’ focused on helping healthcare providers with tips and techniques to streamline healthcare data and build an advanced platform with the help of AWS.

Held on December 9, 2021, the 90-minute session included exclusive AWS customer testimonials where AWS experts and customers discussed various use cases of AWS’ data platform. Ajay Tiwari, CTO, HealthKart spoke at length on ‘Building real-time analytics pipeline using AWS’ and Shafeeq Ahmed, Director – Data & Infrastructure, Mfine shared his expertise on ‘Secure and scalable healthcare services on AWS’.

Building a data platform for personalisation

With over 3 million monthly users, HealthKart is a leading D2C sports nutrition company. Talking about how the company leveraged AWS’ platform, Ajay explained, “As an omni-channel D2C brand, we have to take special care of personalisation for our customers. From real-time analytics to pushing relevant offers, a lot of our business depends on how we collect huge data and process it in real-time.”

HealthKart opted for Amazon Pinpoint services to use as a data platform because they found it the most cost-effective as compared to other services. “There was no monthly minimum payment contract as payment is purely based on the events consumed. Moreover, the first 100 million events are free of cost,” shared Ajay.

“AWS also provided us with an SDK to help with features like capturing session count, page views, and number of unique users,” he added.

Ajay explained the detailed architecture implementation of AWS Pinpoint services. The AWS Pinpoint setup enabled HealthKart to add new application groups, use data to create segments, process data to personalise services, and much more.

A low-cost storage platform

MFine is a startup making health consultations accessible on the go. For those with hectic schedules, the MFine app enables you to consult a doctor from any location or situation.

The platform is scaling at the rate of 20 percent every month and uses real-time data analytics to reach out to a wide number of customers. Shafeeq, while explaining the need for a data platform, said, “The platform helps us derive insights from the data and it reduces dependencies on the data team. It enables self-service for a diverse range of users. Moreover, it allowed us to build a real-time data warehouse.”

Mfine leveraged big data concepts to build a low-cost data storage platform. AWS services like Amazon S3, Amazon Athena, presto etc were used to build analytics dashboard and day-to-day business operations.

AWS experts were present throughout the session to answer queries in regards to building a modern data platform using their services. Healthcare providers and data enthusiasts were able to interact, learn, and gain valuable insights.

Healthcare Data Lake

Kousik Rajendran, Solutions Architect, Healthcare and Life Sciences Specialist, AISPL spoke at length about building a healthcare data platform. Explaining how a simple data lake can look like, Kousik says, “Healthcare data platform is built by ingesting data using standardized formats like FHIR®, custom formats, and securely stored into centralized data lake like Amazon S3.” He further added, “It is crucial for healthcare organization to adapt standard formats like FHIR® which is recommended by Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM)”

“Lake House architecture on AWS enables our customers to connect Data Lake, Data Warehouse and other data services. Lake House approach consists of scalable Data Lake using Amazon S3 as central storage. It also leverages Relational Databases like Amazon RDS, purpose-built data services like Amazon DynamoDB. Lake House facilitates seamless data movement, unified governance and performance while keeping cost optimized.”

Once data is stored and processed, it caters to various use cases such as real-time monitoring, disease prediction, unified governance by leveraging seamless data movement.

In the webinar, Kousik talks in detail about how AWS can help healthcare providers build a secure and scalable data platform at the same time.

On the process of signing up for training with AWS as a healthcare provider, Abhinav Jain, Client Relationship Manager, AISPL says, “There is a generic data analytics platform learning path available. It is a 17-hour comprehensive course at no cost. Healthcare platforms can follow this link to take up training for the same.”

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Down rounds are still rare by historical standards • TechCrunch



If you thought that the recent venture capital market was tough, let me tell you about 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.

With the first week of December under our belts, we’re not too far away from the end of the year. And that means that 2022’s venture capital story has largely been written. It’s not a single narrative; instead, this year started on a high, with momentum from the monstrous 2021 funding period persisting into the new year. From that point, we’ve seen a slowdown accelerate into what some consider a downturn.

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Startups raised lots of capital this year. Less, yes, than last year, but more than in nearly any year in recent memory. It’s still a good time to build a tech upstart.

Does that perspective feel too sunny when we hear so much doom and gloom on Twitter regarding startup prospects in a more conservative investing climate?

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Howie Mandel gets a digital twin from DeepBrain AI



Howie Mandel is stepping into the metaverse. DeepBrain AI has created a pretty realistic AI version of comedian and actor Mandel.

Deepbrain AI, based in South Korea and Palo Alto, California, calls its creation “AI Howie,” and it’s an interactive virtual human and digital twin for immersive and personalized fan experiences. AI Howie mentions VentureBeat and talks to me in the attached videos.

Unlike the “deepfakes” of Tom Cruise and other actors, the real Howie Mandel cooperated with DeepBrain AI to create the virtual human AI replica of the famous comedian, actor, host, and technology enthusiast. We used “virtual Paris” AI character at our recent MetaBeat event in San Francisco.

“I am equally thrilled, excited, and terrified to finally have the ability of showing up and doing things without going anywhere or doing anything,” said Mandel, in a statement. “Thank you, DeepBrain.”

DeepBrain AI applies deep learning technology to create hyper-realistic virtual humans through its AI Studios and the AI Human platforms. These virtual humans are digital twins of the real person, with the same appearance, voice, gestures, and subtle mannerisms. The AI Studios platform enables script-to-video software that synthesizes dynamic video content in seconds, producing the quickest and most
realistic AI-generated videos. The script-to-video editor makes it easy for customers to select a model and then make it say something based on a script. Within a minute or so the video is made.

This is a powerful communication and marketing tool for celebrities, professional athletes, news anchors, and even politicians. Before working with Howie Mandel, the DeepBrain AI team created digital twins of Premier League soccer superstar Son Heung-Min, multiple news anchors across Asia, and South Korean president Yoon Suk-yeol.

Joe Murphy, business development manager for DeepBrain AI, said in an interview with VentureBeat that the virtual Howie is a conversational model that you pepper with questions. DeepBrain AI designs and develops these virtual humans for the purpose of creating digital twins (like Howie Mandel), digital people, and avatars.

It takes about four weeks of machine learning work to create a Howie Mandel digital twin.

“We create models of real people,” Murphy said. “We also have completely synthetic virtual humans. That is what we’ll call digital people. And then avatars are just the basic Roblox type of avatars. But where our technology comes in with the digital twins is we go through a deep learning process to clone the person’s voice, their mannerisms, their face, the way their eyes move, the way their lips move.”

He added, “So we create what we call the digital twin of the real person with all the uniqueness of that person. Our mission is to use this technology that we’ve developed throughout Asia and bring it to America.”

In addition to the script-to-video capabilities, the company provides fully conversational experiences with its AI Human software. The AI Human solution enables fans to interact and engage with AI Howie by simply asking questions. For example, when asked, “What was your favorite act on AGT this season?” the AI Howie model responds in real-time to support interactive, fun, and engaging fan experiences.

AI Humans are available within mobile apps, web browsers, or voice-activated kiosks.

“Our vision is to humanize digital experiences and empower creative teams to generate immersive content at scale,” said Eric Jang, DeepBrain AI CEO. “Working with Howie Mandel was a fun experience, and we are excited to see how the AI Howie collaboration will connect with his fans worldwide.”

DeepBrain AI, (formerly Moneybrain), a conversational AI startup based in Seoul, South Korea, has raised $44 million in a series B round led by Korea Development Bank at a post-money valuation of $180 million. The company started in 2016 and it has raised $54 million to date. The company has 130 employees.

The AI is being used for AI news anchors in South Korea and China at four different television networks. The networks flag that the anchor is an AI avatar so that no one gets confused.

The real Howie Mandel spent about a day shooting video with DeepBrain AI.

While multiple companies are working on virtual humans, DeepBrain AI’s avatars are hyperrealistic. One of Asia’s largest insurance companies is also using it, as is a “brand ambassador” for a soccer team.

“When we worked with Howie Mandel, we went down to his studio in Los Angeles, we provided a script, and fed our training data into our neural network,” Murphy said.

It took about a day to do a video shoot with Mandel and about three to four weeks of machine learning time on the computers to generate the first AI model.

Back in January, DeepBrain AI opened its office in Palo Alto, California, and it is talking to partners in Silicon Valley and the rest of the U.S. Over time, Murphy said that the hope is to create AI avatars in realistic 3D for the metaverse. In South Korea, kiosks are appearing in places like banks with both 2D avatars and 3D avatars.

Over time, Murphy said the avatars have gotten better at mannerisms, lip sync, and subtle gestures. The speed of real-time responses in conversations has also gotten faster. The company is talking about doing more with game companies and major brands.

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This Doggy DNA Test Ships Free for the Holidays



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Every pet owner wants the best for their animal sidekick. They want to spend as much time as possible with them, even at the office. But being the best dog owner you can be isn’t all about just being present. It helps to understand your dog on a genotypic as well as phenotypic level. That’s one reason why doggy DNA tests have become so popular.

DNA My Dog

If you’re wondering what to get for your pooch this holiday season, look no further than the DNA My Dog Breed Identification Test. If you order by December 8, you’ll get free shipping, but that date is coming up fast so don’t delay.

This simple, painless kit requires just a swab of your dog’s cheek to get a detailed report delivered in two weeks or less. That report includes a custom photo certificate of the breed breakdown found in your dog’s genetic breed composition, a percentage breakdown of the levels found in your dog’s DNA, and a report on the dominant breeds, personality traits, and health concerns that your dog may be genetically predisposed to. All of that information will help you be a better friend to your dog, making smarter decisions about food, training, and healthcare.

The DNA My Dog Kit was awarded at the 2020 GHO Biotechnology Awards and user Bonnie H. writes, “I loved this experience!!! The kit came immediately with great instructions. The results came exactly when promised. When I couldn’t open the attachment with the results, I emailed my concern and got instant help! To find out his DNA has been the coolest experience!”

Lock in free shipping on a unique gift for your dog by December 8. Grab the DNA My Dog Breed Identification Test on sale for 24% off $79 at just $59.99 now.

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