A start-up brings the virtual doctor into the house with Alexa

by bold-lichterman

  • Dr. AI interacts with the user to understand their concerns and uses their health profile to determine the likely causes of their symptoms using algorithms.
  • The device is mainly aimed at users with reduced mobility, in particular disabled people and the elderly.

Getting medical advice without going to the doctor is now possible. The Californian start-up HealthTap, specialized in interactive health, has indeed announced the integration of Alexa, Amazon’s intelligent voice assistant, into its web and mobile application (iOS and Android). The device is mainly aimed at users with reduced mobility, in particular disabled people and the elderly.

HealthTap users, which provides immediate 24/7 access to physicians by message, video or orally, have the opportunity to have access to a virtual physician. To benefit from this service, they simply have to call out to the application by saying “Alexa, talk to Dr. AI”.

A network of 105,000 physicians to generate clinical knowledge

As soon as the user’s request is taken care of, the service is designed to simulate a physical medical visit. “Dr. AI is based on the collective clinical knowledge developed over six years of applying medical expertise to real patient questions, from a network of over 105,000 medical graduates in 141 specialties“, precise HealthTap.

This virtual doctor with artificial intelligence is able to “ask intelligible and dynamically generated questions in natural language via an intuitive conversational interface“. Dr. AI thus exchanges with the user to understand his concerns and uses his health profile to determine the probable causes of his symptoms using algorithms. The service can schedule a physical visit for people needing more urgent care or wanting to see a real doctor, or immediately connect the user with an online doctor for a live virtual consultation.

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