Gates Foundation invests in a free medical app that lets patients do quick health checkups
A free app that lets patients do quick health checkups on themselves is the centrepiece of a Gates Foundation-backed project to bring better care to poor regions of Africa, Asia and South America.
The medical app, also receiving funding from the Swiss-based Foundation Botnar, will be the first of its kind available in Swahili, and will also be offered free in Romania, tech startup Ada Health GmbH said Wednesday in a statement.
The project with Botnar will open up Ada’s artificial-intelligence-enabled health advice to at least 2 million people in areas with little access to hospitals and providers.
Ada’s software is designed to help patients determine whether they need care and put them in touch with nearby services when they’re required, relieving pressure on health systems.
“It helps you get a better idea of the medical condition that’s causing symptoms, and then helps you make an informed decision about next steps,” said Daniel Nathrath, Berlin-based Ada’s co-founder and chief executive officer. “In Tanzania, often the best option will be to find out where the closest community health worker is.”