Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter, Medium & Jelly announced his investment in a healthcare based AI startup ‘Visit’. In a blog post in Medium, he praised ‘Visit’ as a startup that amplifies humanity and his investment is focused on bright spots that show a beautiful future, Visit being one of them.
Visit is a AI (Artificial Intelligence) powered chatbot for health advise. He wrote ” People interact with the Visit chatbot by sharing some symptoms. The bot follows up with relevant questions to collect more symptoms and risk factors (is the person hypertensive, diabetic, a smoker). This triaging is conversational, and low stress.”
— Biz Stone (@biz) 22 April 2018
Quoting a World Health Organisation report, he mentioned that world suffers from a shortage of at least 7.2 million health-care workers. The prediction models developed by WHO and the World Bank also project an 18 million shortage in global health workers by 2030.
‘Visit’ was started by 4 students from BITS Pilani, during their college days, seeing the difficulty in accessing the quality healthcare from a remote location. The startup was later incubated by MapMyIndia, a technology company.
This is not the first investment from a noted investor, Visit already had secured investments from various other investors like Karthee Madasamy from Qualcomm Ventures, Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal from Snapdeal among others.
Several companies are working on AI based startups in Asia, the biggest among them in terms of valuations are Sensetime from China, which received a valuation of $3 billion after investment from Alibaba recently.