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Israeli medtech startup making its mark in battle against COVID-19

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Diagnostic Robotics recently launched its AI Platform for Remote Assessment and Monitoring of COVID-19 in the State of Rhode Island in the US and in the State of Odisha in India


Israeli medtech startup Diagnostic Robotics is making its mark in the fight against coronavirus.

Founded in 2017 by Yonatan Amir, Dr. Kira Radinsky, and Prof. Moshe Shoham, Diagnostic Robotics is a provider of an AI triage and care navigation platform for the healthcare system, which provides services to patients, providers, and insurers. 

According to the company’s head marketing and PR, Michal Kabatznik, the triage service “is an AI-driven personalized triage system guiding the patients through their journey in the medical ecosystem, analyzing their medical history and current medical case using AI and natural language processing (NLP) technologies. 

“[It has a] generic ability to integrate with multiple sensory output data,” she told IsraelNewsStand, adding that Diagnostic Robotics “arms the medical providers with decision support systems to improve care.”

Kabatznik explained that the system provides powerful predictive analytics models, which includes differential diagnosis, triage score, and recommendation of necessary diagnostic tests. “It directs the patient to the most relevant medical setting (supported by the physician) – the emergency department, urgent care clinic or remote consultation, and minimizes unnecessary ED visits and consultations while expediting treatment time for the patient and increasing satisfaction,” she said.

Asked about what inspired the founding of the startup, Kabatznik explained that Amir was an Olympic-level martial arts athlete who suffered several injuries. 

“When he was injured he spent a lot of time in the ER (most of that waiting),” she continued. “He saw first hand that things needed to change and there was lots of room for greater efficiency and effectiveness in triage and treatment.” 

Once Amir started studying Medicine, and then Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Economics at the Technion, he met Radinsky and Shoham and together they formed the company.

As the coronavirus pandemic grips the world, Diagnostic Robotics has been using its AI technology in the fight against coronavirus.

We essentially extended our existing platform to fight COVID-19,” Kabatznik highlighted. “Our platform for pandemic response is an extension for our digital triage solutions and is being implemented at different locations around the world.”

In the first week of March, the Diagnostic Robotics team recognized that COVID-19 as a global phenomenon that would massively affect Israel and the rest of the world. 

“From that very first week, our team worked day and night to put the finishing touches on a digital platform that serves as a one-stop-shop for managing the virus,” she said. “We adapted the COVID protocol based on CDC guidance and data received from Italy and South Korea. 

“We integrated with the Ministry of Health, all of the HMOs and Magen David Adom in late March,” Kabatznik added.

“The system provides the patient with a link to facilitate periodic symptom assessment and remote monitoring,” Kabatznik said. “Patient-facing output includes ongoing guidance in line with their individual progression. Provider-facing output includes a dashboard that enables remote monitoring and risk assessment of COVID-19, by highlighting concerning changes in clinical status.”

The heat map with COVID-19 updates including segmentation and daily symptomatic monitoring is provided to help monitor and predict community-level risk, the path and pattern of spread – meaning that it can predict and create a pandemic spread model, and strain on healthcare resources. 

Diagnostic Robotics has developed a COVID-19 heat map with updates including segmentation and daily symptomatic monitoring.
(Credit for featured and above image: Diagnostic Robotics)

The platform, she pointed out, “analyzes a patient’s clinical symptoms and underlying health status, generates a personalized risk profile for COVID-19, and provides next step guidance.

Addressing whether this AI tech and monitoring system had been implemented in local hospitals and overseas during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kabatznik said that in the last few months, Diagnostic Robotics has been working with governments and large scale health systems on COVID-19 response. 

“Many countries, like Israel, have centralized their virus-response and are running operations through their Ministries of Health,” she said.

They have been working with Israel’s Health Ministry, emergency services like Magen David Adom, and all Health maintenance organizations.

The company recently launched its AI Platform for Remote Assessment and Monitoring of COVID-19 in the US State of Rhode Island through its partnership with the governor’s office.

“We [also] launched an international partnership with Salesforce and Deloitte and together implemented our systems in the State of Odisha in India, where over 50 million residents have access to our COVID-19 platform,” Kabatznik stressed.

Asked what the coming year has in store for Diagnostic Robotics, Kabatznik said that they are looking forward to continuing its growth across the United States. 

“We recently announced a collaboration with Mayo Clinic, the world’s leading hospital and we have several other exciting partnership announcements coming soon,” she said. “We’ll continue working with payers, providers, and hospitals and integrate our suite of digital healthcare solutions into their work.”

Concluding, Kabatznik said that their goal “is to harness the power of cutting edge artificial intelligence technologies to change the healthcare industry and make healthcare more effective, efficient, and affordable.”

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