April 26, 2019
Healthcare has long had an access issue. While some patients might have the knowledge, experience and opportunity to pursue optimal care when they’re ill, countless others are unaware of the whens, whys and hows of seeking and receiving relief for their condition.
“Access is really key. That can be access to an appointment to a provider [and] it’s also access to quality information,” Dr. Erin...
February 18, 2019
Thanks to some new strategic agreements, online healthcare chatbot Buoy Health’s Corporate Health and Benefits program will now include specialized knowledge and services support from five new partners. Specifically, Workit Health will be providing addiction treatment support, Hinge Health will help users manage chronic pain, LetsGetChecked will assist general self-testing, Healthcare Bluebook ...
September 19, 2018
The victors of two Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) pitch competitions were recently announced following a live judging session held at Health 2.0 in Santa Clara, California. There, judges named Buoy Health’s chatbot for patient health education the winner of RWJF’s AI Challenge, while social addiction support platform Sober Grid claimed first prize in the organization’s Opioid Challenge....
August 8, 2018
Online AI-powered healthcare chatbot Buoy has announced a new, deep partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital. Buoy will create a white-labeled version of its product for Boston Children’s website, use data from that version to improve its product’s pediatric expertise, and even get help from doctors at the Boston health center to evaluate its algorithms.
“Ten percent of our traffic every...
May 23, 2018
Buoy Health, an online platform that uses an AI chatbot as a gateway into healthcare treatment, has teamed up with Circulation, a technology startup that helps connect patients in need of medical transport with rides from Lyft, Uber, and other specialized options like wheelchair vans and non-emergency ambulances.
The two Boston-based companies will integrate their platforms with the goal of...
May 8, 2018
Buoy Health, which offers an AI-powered tool that serves to help people understand potential health problems, announced a partnership with CVS MinuteClinic.
When users go through Buoy Health’s online or app-based chatbot interface, if the suggested possible diagnoses lend themselves to treatment at one of the 1,100 MinuteClinics around the United States, the app will do two things. First, it will...
February 2, 2018
As the calendar turns to February, the beleaguered US healthcare system continues to battle an influenza season considered by Centers for Disease Control and Surveillance officials to be among the worst of this decade.
According to the public health agency’s most recent numbers, which include all cases of the disease reported to the CDC by January 20, this year’s flu season has seen a total of 11...
November 29, 2017
Optum on Tuesday launched the venture fund Optum Ventures, which has $250 million to invest in digital health startup companies.
The venture fund will invest in companies that use data and insights to help improve consumers’ access to healthcare services and how care is delivered and paid for, according to a statement from UnitedHealth Group, Optum’s parent company.
Optum CEO Larry Renfro is...
August 9, 2017
Buoy Health, makers of a machine learning-powered next generation symptom checker, has raised $6.7 million in a round co-led by F Prime (the venture arm of Fidelity) and an undisclosed strategic investor in the payer space. FundRx and various angel investors also contributed.
"The unfortunate thing about trying to use Google [for symptoms] is the information you find is the information you find...