Need to see the doctor? This startup raised $25M to help you find out

December 17, 2018
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Despite all of the new technology that’s being introduced to the healthcare industry, physicians aren’t being replaced — at least not yet.

K Health is a healthtech platform that uses AI to help patients determine what their illness could be — and while it can’t provide an absolute diagnosis, it can help them decide whether or not they need to see a physician. The platform just raised a $25 million Series B round led by 14W, Comcast Ventures and Mangrove Capital Partners, with participation from Lerer Hippeau, BoxGroup and Max Ventures. To date, K Health has a total of $37.5 million in funding.

We asked ourselves, 'what if you could compare your situation to millions of other people like you who’ve been through the same thing before?'"

Founded in 2016, the platform comes at a time when the ratio of physicians to patients in need of care is incredibly imbalanced. K Health helps reduce the number of unnecessary trips to the doctors’ office, ultimately helping to balance out the numbers and ease the burden for physicians.

"We asked ourselves, 'what if you could compare your situation to millions of other people like you who’ve been through the same thing before?'" said Founder Allon Bloch. "That was the question that sparked the creation of K Health."

Users start by describing their symptoms and answering a series of questions that a doctor would typically ask. Using artificial intelligence, the platform then taps into a database of 2 billion recorded doctors notes, lab results and drug statistics to compare symptoms and determine possible diagnoses.

In the next few months, the K Health team plans to make it possible for users to share the platform’s findings directly with physicians to further streamline the process of diagnosing and treating an illness.

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