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The Ada self-diagnosis is coming to German app stores

Haphazard symptom googling is not good for your health. A health app developed by experts is better. It asks the right questions and makes a realistic diagnosis.

09 Nov. 2017
Source: Ada Digital Health Ltd
Source: Ada Digital Health Ltd

Although Ada was launched in Berlin in 2016, it was initially aimed at the English-speaking market. Developed in collaboration with doctors and medical scientists, the app helps you find out what’s ailing you. The basis is an anamnesis questionnaire linked to a structured symptom database, yielding the most likely causes of your present ailment.

The "health assistant" for iOS and Android is now also available in German, and is even provided free of charge for private users. The Ada Health startup plans to generate revenue by cooperating with doctors, clinics, health insurance funds and insurance companies. Data privacy is nevertheless given priority. According to the FAQ , private data will not be passed on, but stored under password-protection in the cloud.

Investors such as AI expert William Tunstall-Pedoe , co-inventor of Amazon Alexa, US billionaire Len Blavatnik and the Berlin tech fund Cumberland VC are sponsoring the development in the first round of financing with a total of 47 million US dollars. Ada should, however, not only provide doctors with diagnostic decision-making aids, but also be used by people who have no access to a nearby doctor. In the UK, the app includes the added feature of being able to chat with a real doctor following Ada’s initial assessment. In doing so, patients can also upload photos.

Ada is not the first app of this type. The anamnesis guide developed by AKS Aeskulab for iOS devices in 2013 is no longer being developed any further. On its topic page , the University of Münster lists additional diagnostic apps that primarily address doctors and health professionals. Sick people without a smartphone can also access the Netdoktor website to have their symptoms checked. And Baden-Wuerttemberg has recently allowed the Munich startup Teleclinic to carry out entirely remote treatments via PC.