Ada Health, an AI medical startup founded in Berlin, Germany, created the “medical world version of Alexa” to help users better understand their physical problems and illnesses through chat.
In countries that have sufficient medical resources and support, it is quite convenient to visit the doctor’s office. However, there are countries where medical resources are scarce. In that case, visiting the doctor’s office will be a difficult task for those residents, let alone searching for pieces of advice from health professionals.
Ada Health has developed an action app that uses a large amount of medical-related information and AI algorithms to communicate with users, ask questions and diagnose possible symptoms, and allow people who are feeling unwell to learn more about their health through technology. At the end of the consultation, Ada Health will provide a professional doctor’s contact information whose location is near that particular patient so patients can obtain further assistance.
Through the Ada App, users can see past medical records, their own health status, and other data. When they go to the doctor’s office, they can provide these materials to help doctors better understand the patient’s condition.
The artificial intelligence-based action app “Ada”, like Alexa in the medical world, hopes to play a good doctor role and provide assistance to users. Although Ada Health is only available in English and German, it is currently utilized by 1.5 million people. According to the company, more language versions are coming soon!
In 2017, Ada Health had launched its first round of fundraising and received $47 million. Investors include Access Industries, Google’s June Fund, and William Tunstall-Pedoe, an artificial intelligence entrepreneur who created Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa’s predecessor, “Evi”. This new financing will be used to improve products, hire new employees, and establish a US branch office.
The purpose of the creation of Ada Health is to establish a future in which health care will be built with the concept of “patient-centered”. Every patient can dive deeper into his/her health and condition information through their fingerprints, and doctors will work with AI to ameliorate patients’ health care.