Apple's Siri may help people remember their next meeting, but a new virtual assistant by Next IT may help save lives.
The new app called Alme Health Coach launched Tuesday and is basically an artificial intelligent assistant that aims to help patients suffering from chronic diseases manage their health.
Doctors can customize the virtual assistant for individual patients to help them stick to a specific treatment plan.
The virtual assistant acts as an aid to the doctor by reminding the patient to take specific medications and providing information and feedback between the physician and the patient. It also enables the user to register side effects or other changes that can be shared with their doctor and their insurance company if the patient opts to disclose that data.
The Alme Health Coach is HIPAA compliant, and patients decide what information they want to share with their doctor and their insurance company. However, Next IT is working to partner with insurance companies and health care providers to distribute the app to patients, and the company does not aim to open this app up directly to consumers, said Fred Brown, CEO and co-founder of Next IT.