Meet Ada, The Multilingual ‘Doctor’ In Your Pocket Created By Former Houston Student

By Olivia P. Tallet
Houston Chronicle

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The “Ada app” which is multilingual, delivers the most probable diagnosis from your symptoms, adding a couple of secondary potential ones. The app also gives you recommendations on how to take care of the problem, and advises whether you need to see a medical specialist right away.

Houston Chronicle

“Feeling unwell?” asks Ada.

She exudes a confident bedside manner, assuring you “I get smarter the more you tell me, so I’m going to ask a few questions that will help me help you.”

And in a few minutes, after she is satisfied with the answers you provided about your health concerns, Ada delivers the most probable diagnosis from your symptoms, adding a couple of secondary potential ones. She also gives you recommendations on how to take care of the problem, and advises whether you need to see a medical specialist right away.

But she isn’t a doctor, but the closest thing to one that you can carry in your pocket. Ada is a multilingual artificial intelligence health application for smartphones, and was created by a former student of the University of Houston. And after helping millions of satisfied users in English and German languages, the highly intuitive application is now adding Spanish and Portuguese to its suite of languages, with an eye towards serving the vast market of Latinos in the U.S. and worldwide.

“Now, with the expansion of the app translated into Spanish, we can extend the health platform to millions more users,” said Daniel Nathrath, the CEO and co-founder of Ada, who said he was inspired by his time in Houston to create it.

Considered one of the top apps in its category, Ada has accumulated about five million downloads for Android and Apple devices worldwide, and is now targeting the large Latino community, one whose health needs have been historically underserved particularly in the United States.

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