Ever get woken by a searing pain in the middle of the night and wish you could call up your doctor? While your family physician won’t be adopting night shifts anytime soon, virtual medical chatbots like MedWhat can get you solid medical advice while your real doctor is asleep. You’ll probably be much better off using this sophisticated bot than looking up questionable at-home treatments on YouTube.
MedWhat first asks you the same basic patient information your doctor would need — like age, gender, medical history. Then the powerful AI connects with medical databases from NIH and the CDC to help you understand your condition and whether or not you need medical treatment.
Founder Arturo Devesa calls the bot a “Siri for Health” and claims the product is far more powerful than WebMD because the bot interacts with users and learns over time. The company is backed by Stanford University and counts Stanford Hospital as a key partner.