One of the creative minds behind social media giant Twitter, Biz Stone has backed Delhi-based healthtech startup Visit which is on a mission to democratise healthcare by shrinking the shortage of doctors using artificial intelligence (AI).
Founded in 2016 by BITS, Pilani students Anurag Prasad, Vaibhav Singh, Shashvat Tripathi and Chetan Anand, Visit is an AI-powered chatbot for health advice. The Visit bot connects its users with a network of specialists for a tele consult over video, phone and chat to get a treatment plan.
The funding round was led by Biz Stone in his personal capacity. The round also saw the participation of Snapdeal co-founders: Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal; US-based BlueJeans Network co-founder Alagu Periyannan and Karthee Madasamy, a former top official of Qualcomm Ventures.
In a blog post, Biz Stone shared, “Visit facilitates a symbiotic relationship between AI and doctors, making a hugely positive impact on patients. This is why I can get so optimistic about technology amplifying the best in humanity. Investing in Visit is my small way of contributing to a future where AI is seen as a positive enhancement of humanity that really does improve lives.”
Visit: Democratising Healthcare Using Artificial Intelligence
Users interact with the Visit Chatbot by adding their symptoms and the bot follows-up with a series of questions to predict the most probable diagnosis. The questions are generated by a Machine Learning model, trained using a knowledge base of probabilistic relationships (over 20,000) between variables such as conditions, symptoms, risk factors, past history, etc.