Babylon’s most ambitious project to provide an AI-based health app to almost 300,000 people in England.
Babylon Health is a U.K.-based startup that has developed several AI including a chatbot used by the U.K’.s National Health Service to help diagnose ailments. The company has confirmed a 10-year deal with the city of Wolverhampton in England and will be covering the entire population providing an integrated health app to 300,000 people.
“We are extremely proud of this exciting 10-year partnership with RWT which will benefit patients and the NHS as a whole,” said Ali Parsa, CEO and founder of Babylon, in a statement.
Last August 02, 2019, Babylon Health has closed a $550 million round of funding, and today Babylon Health is using some of that money to use with its widest-ranging project. The amount of financial terms for this new project is not yet being disclosed, but Babylon confirmed that National Health Services (NHS) is not taking a stake in the startup as part of it. By the end of this year, Babylon will start to roll out the first phase of the app.
Babylon Health is known for building AI-based platforms that will help diagnose patient’s issues. It provides remote consultations through text and video messaging from health care professionals and doctors. It is currently in the process of rolling out services in 11 countries in Asia.
“We have over 1,000 AI experts, clinicians, engineers and scientists who will be helping to make Digital-First Integrated Care a reality and provide fast, effective, proactive care to patients. Together with RWT, we can demonstrate this works and help the NHS lead healthcare across the world,” added Parsa.
The Companies latest project will be its most grandiose project to combine both hospital and primary medical care into an all-in-one app. The application will not only provide remote diagnoses but will also provide live monitoring of patients with chronic conditions. Additionally, they will also include the ability to let patients access their medical records and review their consultations; book appointments; renew prescriptions; view a “digital twin” of their own state of health based on medical history and other details; and manage their rehab after a procedure, illness or injury.
The gap in the market that Babylon is working on is the rapid growth of the population in different countries putting a strain on both private and public health services. This has been a long dilemma in Babylon’s home market, the U.K., where healthcare is nationalized and is regularly facing budgetary and human capital shortages.
The company aims to simply fill NHS gaps; it also about building services that will fit with how people live and to have properly joined-up and integrated care between patients and doctors.