Inspiration: Everybody With A Body

We’re sure you know of someone who's having mysterious yet mild symptoms but can’t or won’t get checked up. Say they’ve caught a cough. Is a checkup worth the costs? Worth the ridiculous wait times? Worth the risk of catching something worse?

In the age of a pandemic, limited access to healthcare is our current reality. But it has been the reality of tens of millions before COVID-19, and it will continue to be their reality after. In Canada alone, that’s

  • 1 million seniors;
  • 50% of the Indigenous population;
  • And 15% of Canadians in general.

Globally, the lack of healthcare accessibility costs us not only 3.6 million deaths a year, but also $450 billion dollars too—costs that can be avoided if everybody could simply get a checkup when they need it.

Introducing: Apollo, Your Virtual Nurse

While we can’t save everyone, we can help the 67% that own a smartphone. Meet Apollo: our solution to this healthcare crisis, and your virtual nurse.

Apollo provides an intuitive interface that listens, documents and categorizes your symptoms from interactive virtual appointments. Based on these symptom logs, Apollo can then suggest possible diagnoses and schedule appointments with a medical professional if necessary.

Apollo achieves to mends this gap in healthcare by being:

  1. More accessible than traditional healthcare;
  2. More interactive than competing symptom trackers;
  3. And a more proactive healthcare solution than mainstream telehealth.

Ingenuity: How We Built Apollo

We used Google Web Speech API to take audio recorded by the user and create a transcription of their conversation with Apollo. We send this transcription through Infermedica’s API with a Natural Language Processing Technology that can interpret casual language as medical terminology, allowing users to speak normally, and get precise medical advice. This directly interacts with the user interface developed in Android Studio, which integrates Python and Java to create an engaging and easy-to-use app.

Improvements: What’s Next For Apollo?

The telemedicine market is projected to grow from USD 79.79 billion in 2020 to USD 396.76 billion in 2027, and Apollo’s demand is expected to grow with it.

To prepare for the upcoming age of digital health we’re working to improve Apollo by:

  1. Training Apollo to better assist mental health crisis;
  2. Optimizing Apollo run more optimally;
  3. Partnering with industry professionals to better streamline diagnosis.

References

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