September 23, 2017
Healthcare comes with a lot of strict regulations. While this helps to increase the quality of care, it also drives up the cost, making it unattainable for those without healthcare insurance.
Many a times, people who are experiencing certain symptoms can’t understand and depend on the Internet to decide if the situation is bad. Sometimes, this leads to conditions where the disease may have advanced, leading to higher medical expenditure.
However, things are changing today. The automation telemedicine may not be as accurate as a clinical diagnosis. But efforts are being made to help those in need, especially those with financial difficulties. Automated telemedicine could sweep a large portion of patients away from emergency room doors, and perhaps even slow the spread of infectious diseases. And here’s how:
Today, GYANT, a San Francisco-based startup, recently launched a free app that can screen patients for the Zika virus, based on symptoms. It doesn’t perform tests, or analyze images of the patient, but rather asks questions such as: “Have you traveled internationally in the last four weeks?” Or “Are you experiencing a fever?” After a few questions, GYANT, rather than diagnosing, gives a percentage in which the patient’s symptoms match those of a Zika virus-affected patient.
Interesting, GYANT has found its way to launch its app on Facebook’s Messenger for wider access. With this, they now have more than 450,000 users and claim to have accumulated the world’s second-largest set of Zika data. GYANT has advanced its technology to a new level. It can now help identify approximately 350 common health concerns.