Ada – Personal Health Companion
June 15, 2017
Developed with the help of 100+ medical doctors and scientists, AI-powered app called Ada helps you understand what could be possibly wrong if you or someone you care about is not feeling well via a chat-based user interface. According to the Ada’s founders — CEO Daniel Nathrath and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Claire Novorol, “Ada has been trained over several years using real world cases, and the platform is powered by a sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) engine combined with an extensive medical knowledge base covering many thousands of medical conditions (from a common cold to rare diseases), symptoms and findings.”
JUST START A SYMPTOM ASSESSMENT
As soon as you launch the app for the very first time, it greets you with a message that reads, “Hi, I’m Ada. I can help if you’re feeling unwell.” After a brief introduction, it takes into account factors like your age, gender, past medical history, and lifestyle choices so that it can provide you with a highly tailored health assessment report.
Once Ada has enough information about you, it asks you to input the symptom(s) that is troubling you the most. It then asks you a series of individualized questions related to that symptom in order to figure out what might be the cause, and gives you a detailed symptom assessment report that you can also share with your doctor. At each step during an assessment Ada carefully selects follow up questions to gather the information that matters the most.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH ADA
While testing the Ada app for this review, I plugged in ‘eye strain/tired eyes’ as the symptom. After drilling through a quite extensive set of individualized questions related to my symptom (for example: do your eyes feel itchy, do your eyelids stick together, and so on), the app provided three possible conditions (i.e. Dry eye syndrome, Astigmatism, and Common Hyperopia – each with a detailed overview for a better understanding), and advised that people with symptoms similar to yours do not usually require urgent medical care. However, if you notice any new symptoms, you may need to consult a doctor sooner.
It saves all your reports under the ‘Assessments’ tab in the app’s menu. It also suggests you to track your symptoms to understand how they develop over time.
The best part about the Ada app is that it lets you manage multiple user profiles – meaning apart from monitoring your own health, you can also monitor the health of your loved ones. Just let the app know at the start of the chat session that this symptom assessment is for someone else, and then provide another person’s details like age, gender, lifestyle choices, past medical history, and so on to start a new symptom assessment.
TO SUM UP
AI-driven healthcare app Ada, launched in 2016 after six years of research and development, empowers users to make more informed decisions about their health. Designed to grow smarter as users engage with it, the app increasingly provides an accurate understanding of what could be the possible causes for your symptoms, and helps you decide on next steps to take.
The ‘Symptom Tracking’ feature enables both patients and doctors monitor health situations over time. Moreover, the app has garnered a good rating and user reviews both on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, and my own experience with Ada was pretty good.
Note: Don’t forget that this app can never replace your real doctor. Use it only to determine what could be the possible causes for your symptoms.
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