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Consumer-facing medical app for monitoring of personal health

The new medical app is tailored to different national markets, with the latest release being in Canada. The key innovations are that the app has been programmed to become smarter as users engage with it and as time progresses; it also, unlike some other health apps, provides personalized health assessments for individuals. These features relate to the Ada app deploying a custom-built artificial intelligence engine, carefully developed by a team of medical doctors and scientists, to allow patients to assess their own health in real-time.

The app has ability to:

Reduce waiting times, improve communication among patients, doctors and specialists, and offer new perspectives on community health.
Help users to understand their medical symptoms and determine whether seeking professional medical attention is necessary.
Reduce the workload of primary care doctors by collecting and collating health care information from patients in order to save time during in-person visits.
Identify medical trends and patterns in specific regions, improving overall community health.

These features come about through the app posing a series of questions to the user. These are simple questions, bereft of medical jargon. The app learns as it accumulates more information relating to the user’s medical history. Once sufficient information has been recorded, the app can produce a series of reports. These can remain with the user or be shared with a medical professional.

In communication with Digital Journal, Daniel Nathrath, Ada Health co-founder and Chief Executive Officer said: “While the topic of machine learning and AI comes with some unknowns, in the medical field, we know the future of AI is bright and the possibilities are endless. We’re at the forefront of something special. Ada continues to get smarter with each passing day. At a time when health care resources are limited, Ada can work in concert with doctors to alleviate strain and allow them to focus on their core competencies.”

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Dr. Tim Sandle is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for science news. Tim specializes in science, technology, environmental, business, and health journalism. He is additionally a practising microbiologist; and an author. He is also interested in history, politics and current affairs.

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