AI enabled healthtech startup Suki (formerly called Robin), founded by ex-CPO of Flipkart Punit Soni has raised $20 Mn led by Venrock, First Round, Social Capital, as well as individual Googlers and other angels including Nat Turner of Flatiron Health, and Marc Benioff (CEO of Salesforce).\r\n\r\n\u201cThe $20 Mn in funding comes from a Series A of $15 Mn that was led by Venrock,\u201d the company said in a media statement. With the latest funding, the healthtech startup plans to fuel its artificial intelligence-powered, voice-enabled digital assistant for doctors.\r\n\r\nCommenting on the product, Punit Soni, co-founder of Suki, said, \u201cAI is changing the world around us, and it\u2019s about time that it does the same for health care. With Suki, we have created a solution that is personalised to each doctor, inexpensively scalable, and easy to implement to make your work day easier. It\u2019s like having an assistant in the exam room with you who knows how you practice.\u201d\r\n\r\nWith 12 active pilots within internal medicine, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, and plastic surgery practices in California and Georgia, Suki not only improves the accuracy of the data it captures, over time, it can search and retrieve patient data like imaging files. Additionally, it will be able to distill a doctor\u2019s conversation with a patient into an actionable plan, based on the doctor\u2019s known preferences and clinical practice guidelines.\r\n\r\nTalking about Suki, Qammer Bokhari, MD, chief medical information officer at Adventist Health System, and a Suki investor, said, \u201cThere is so much potential in the data collected in EHRs, but what we need to do is make it easier for doctors to input that data without having to outsource a legion of scribes or buy dictation software that isn\u2019t intelligent. Suki solves that problem.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn its pilot projects, Suki is used five days per week across three different EHR systems \u2013 with preliminary results showing Suki cuts the amount of time physicians spend on medical notes up to 60 percent \u2013 leading to better notes and happier doctors.\r\n\r\nBy way of comparison, on average, for every hour of direct clinical facetime with a patient, physicians spend nearly two additional hours on medical paperwork.\r\n\r\nSuki was founded by Punit Soni (former executive at Google, Motorola, and Flipkart) and Karthik Rajan (previously led infrastructure at Oracle and Salesforce) and is led by technologists and clinicians.\r\n\r\nDuring an Inc42 Facebook Live AMA, Punit Soni had shared that \u201cThe high level of vision behind the company is to reimagine health stack using machine learning and voice. And move it away from the crap software of the 90s which most of it is running on.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe global healthcare IT market is anticipated to reach $104.5 Bn by 2020, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc.\r\n\r\nSome of the major players in the space are Innovaccer, Zoctr, Lybrate, and Tricog, trying to vie for the Indian healthcare market will rise to $280 Bn by 2020, from the current $100 Bn, as per a report by IBEF.