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London-based digital healthcare startup, Babylon is an artificially intelligent ‘doctor’ that aims to prevent illnesses before they occur. To do this, the program tracks your daily habits, diagnosis illness based on symptoms and integrating data about heart rate, diet and medical records.
Currently, this AI doctor is available in the form of an app used by 250,000 people in the UK, who each pay £4.99 ($7.19) to get 7-day-a-week access to a pool of human doctors over video chat.
After securing $25 million in funding — the largest series A round in European digital healthcare to date — Babylon hopes to make waves in digital healthcare in the UK by providing better preventative services. For example, the digital doctor can warn you about an increased heart rate, which could be a sign of an oncoming cold.
Approximately 60 businesses, including: Citigroup, Mastercard and Sky, as well as insurance providers like Bupa and Aviva have partnered with Babylon to offer the service to UK-based employees.
Babylon is also currently in a trial partnership with the National Health Service to test feasibility in making its service available to all UK citizens.
➤ ‘Robot doctor’ app raises $25m to predict future of your health [The Telegraph]
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