Global Health Initiative

Country
United Kingdom
Sustainable development goals
  • Good health and well-being
  • Industry innovation and infrastructure
Project link
https://assets.ctfassets.net/jsvgavb9trbp/3JIa17qCuA0wUgsuIwqYKc/47f92c071850e736844483e45a8b5fef/181009_Pressrelease-GHI_EN.pdf

About the project

Ada Health is a private company with a widely used AI-powered health platform that provides medical advice and assessment to individuals. The company launched the Global Health Initiative (GHI) in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation and the Fondation Botnar, to provide free access to a health guide app to help people in regions with poor health service delivery.

More project information

Ada Health is a private company with a widely used AI-powered health platform that provides medical advice and assessment to individuals. The company launched the Global Health Initiative (GHI) in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation and the Fondation Botnar, to provide free access to a health guide app to help people in regions with poor health service delivery. At the center of the health guide app will be Ada’s artificial intelligence technology, which has been trained over the past seven years using real-world medical cases and with insights from a team of over 100 doctors, scientists & PhDs, as reported by the company. Since launching the GHI in 2016, the free-to-download app completed over seven million health assessments and has been the most downloaded medical app in over 130 countries worldwide.

With approximately one third of Ada’s users coming from rural and less developed healthcare markets, such as India, Asia and Africa, the GHI was set to provide the tools for underserved populations to check their symptoms and seek appropriate care. The project responds to the issue of 400 million people around the world with no access to even basic healthcare, and the rampant issue of misdiagnosis which is still all too common even in the European Union and the United States. The app in question employs a probabilistic reasoning engine that supports diagnosis decision making for even the most complex cases in a robust and efficient way, and facilitates a more comprehensive digital record of important health information and history – medication, allergies and more – for users to share with their doctors or other healthcare professionals.

The app which is part of Ada’s Global Health Initiative, was awarded a €2.5 million grant to advance new scientific advances as part of the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program. As such, the project is contributing to the SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-Being) as well as SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and infrastructure) as it is providing powerful new tools to health services worldwide.