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article imageFour startups disrupting healthcare for doctors and patients

By Lisa Cumming     Jun 24, 2018 in Technology
Healthcare-focused startups are continuously producing technological developments for both healthcare professionals and patients to help improve quality of life and quality of care. Here are four startups applying new technologies to the industry.
Buoy Health
Sites like WebMD are notoriously, sometimes hilariously, wrong when it comes to diagnosing illness and conditions. Buoy is a web application that uses AI to accurately analyze a user's symptoms and provide them with personalized information on what the potential ailment is and where they should go next. The AI runs as a chatbot in real-time and asks different questions based on the responses given.
Doctor On Demand
The next iteration of telemedicine, Doctor on Demand connects users with doctors via video chat for the diagnosis and treatment of common health conditions like cold and flu, skin and eye conditions, and allergies. The service is available in the United States to everyone, regardless of insurance coverage — the price of a medical visit without insurance is $75 flat.
The doctors from Doctors on Demand are board-certified and come with user ratings. During the visit, just like in-office, the doctor takes down a patient's history and symptoms, performs an exam and may recommend a course of treatment.
Read more: Q&A: Are chatbots the answer to healthcare improvements?
OWKIN leverages machine learning for medical research by building mathematical models and algorithms that interpret research data to aide healthcare professionals in discovering diseases and outcomes of a course of treatment. The company says it can predict a patient's response to a drug, personalize treatment and aide physicians in drug design.
Suki, a voice-based digital assistant for doctors, uses artificial intelligence to help doctors by automating medical documentation. Suki has been programmed to learn how an individual doctor practices and, according to the company, "cuts the amount of time physicians spend on medical notes up to 60 percent."
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