DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING: Microsoft developing health chatbot platform – Lifespan aims to cut $182 million in costs with GE partnership – Hitachi working to reduce hospital readmissions

The tech giant is developing the platform as a part of its Healthcare NExT program and has partnered with Aurora Health Care to create the Aurora Digital Assistant, a new chatbot service that aims to demonstrate how digital assistants can benefit not only patients but healthcare providers and networks, too. Currently, the platform is being privately previewed to Microsoft’s new partners. Microsoft hopes the service will help make it easier for users to access medical info from their smartphones. Aurora patients can “text” the digital assistant in a conversational manner via an app,…

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Startup of the Week: Philly Fashion Platform for Women’s Economic Empowerment

It’s true Philadelphia is becoming a fashion town: Philly Fashion Week returned for its 11th year in September and the Philly Fashion Incubator continues to churn out a handful of successful designers each year. And now, we’ve got some fashion startups that want to sustain the momentum. One of these startups is LaBré, a fashion line started by 2015 UPenn graduate Breanna Moore. On LaBré’s e-commerce site, customers can buy chic West African-inspired women’s apparel. What sets LaBré apart is the fact that each and every piece commissioned by the company…

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