Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, has made an investment of his “personal capacity” in Visit, a startup in the health sector based in Delhi.
Visit uses artificial intelligence-based bots that provides on-demand healthcare services to customers. Stone is of the opinion that AI is a positive enhancement of humanity and wants to contribute to a society whose future is in such kind of AI.
Visit was founded in 2016 to provide customers a list of general physicians and medical specialists. Users can choose from this list various doctors that they would like to consult. The company also recently added a chatbot, which is again AI-based, which provides digital assistance to patients. The chatbot provides “smart help” to users who wish to access consultation from the listed doctors.
The bot learns about diseases and conditions, and the symptoms associated with them, by way of sifting through millions of live chats that take place on the app. It then uses its Natural Language Processing (NLP) engine to derive information about different symptoms and possible diagnoses given by the doctors. The app is also capable of tracking the activity of users, fitness routines and sleep patterns in order to help users reach their goals. The app is designed to send motivation, insights and reminders.
Visit Internet Services was created by four students of BITS-Pilani during their final year of their course. Vaibhav Singh, one of the co-founders and head of growth at the company, says that Visit is India’s first health app that integrates AI technology. While pitching to investors, they highlighted only this aspect. Stone came on-board as one of the three Silicon Valley-based investors. According to Stone, the app enables a symbiotic relationship between doctors and the AI technology. This has a huge impact for patients with a positive note.
The startup also gained funding from MapMyIndia. Some of the Indian investors include co-founders of Snapdeal, an Indian e-commerce firm, Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal. Others include Karthee Madasamy who was formerly one of the top officials of Qualcomm Ventures based in the US, and Alagu Periyannan, co-founder of the BlueJeans Network, also based in the Bay-Area, US. These investors have come on-board in personal capacity.