In our case, if you go into one of our simulations, you would learn how to lead a conversation in real life by having the ability to practice a similar conversation with a virtual, fully animated human that will respond to what you decide to say in the simulation that is coded with their own personality and memory and therefore mimicking real life behavior with you. Health is a very personal thing at the end of the day, and as much as we have a lot of technology being embedded into health with all the apps and all the telehealth platforms and everything around it, at the end of the day, because health is so personal, conversations remain the most powerful and most important element of driving positive health outcomes. We're much less defensive when it comes to any kind of feedback on our performance or approach, so virtual humans, when they are correctly designed, they are in some cases even more effective than a real person in certain types of conversation with real people. Now again, you have to have the virtual human designed correctly in terms of how they talk and how they move and how real or unreal they look on the screen, so I don't want to say all virtual humans are equal, because they're not.
If needed, it then offers you a follow up remote consultation with a real doctor over text. In a call, two of Ada's founders -- CEO Daniel Nathrath and Chief Medical Officer Dr Claire Novorol -- explained that the app has been six years in the making, and actually started life out as being doctor-facing, helping clinicians to make better decisions. That, say the company's founders, reflects one of the main benefits of an AI-driven healthcare app like Ada, which is to empower patients to make more informed decisions about their health. Where others have started with a'Skype your doctor' type offering and added AI, Ada is six years AI in the making and is only now adding remote consultations.
There are quite a few telemedicine startups to choose from these days including Doctor on Demand, HealthTap and even some of the older, more established companies like MDLive or American Well but Remedy is a new one we've just been turned onto promising high-quality doctors at a lower cost per visit with the use of what it refers to as artificial intelligence to help diagnose what ails you. Also, unlike other telemedicine platforms, Remedy promises to pair you with one particular doctor instead of whoever is available at the time. Rather than just getting a 10-minute on-demand video visit with a doctor, Remedy promises continuous engagement with your physician to keep them updated on your condition in addition to a phone visit. The startup is still a slim team and only has a handful of doctors on the platform -- including one Jack says also treats NFL players.
Dr. Leslie Saxon's USC Center for Body Computing and USC's Virtual Care Clinic leverage commercial tech innovations to advance medical care and delivery. Dr. Saxon is not only the Founder and Executive Director of the USC Center for Body Computing, she's also a professor of clinical medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, chief of cardiovascular medicine and leads USC's Cardiovascular Research Unit. Integral to the structure and mission of the Virtual Care Clinic, is an "eco-system" of eight "foundational partners" with expertise in mobile apps, data collection and analysis systems, diagnostic and wearable sensors, experiential design, and engaging, expert, patient health information. The eye institute Dr. Varma runs, and foundational partner VSP Global, the largest vision insurer in the world, provide one of the first examples of the power and scalability of these public/private partnerships.
User experience for dashboard solutions for medical community will emerge as a key product differentiation Conventionally, user experience has been focused towards consumer interfaces only. Data analytics players will renew their focus on healthcare institutional solutions Startups such as Flatiron Health and Oncora Medical are building data platforms for real-time data analysis from patient records to create real-time R&D dashboards. Genomics research ventures will drive machine learning driven drug discovery initiatives Machine learning for drug discovery isn't a new trend. Interestingly, a range of startups that use data driven machine learning for diagnostic and care predictions are engaging with healthcare institutions to digitize health records and create useful data driven analytics solutions.
UPS will provide 800,000 ( 554,000) to a partnership including Gavi, agroup providing vaccines to developing countries, and robotics companyZipline International for drone flights in Rwanda startingin August. But the project could also serve to provide crucial safety data needed to make commercial delivery drones a reality. Delivery firm UPS is backing a project to use delivery drones to get medical supplies to patients in remote areas of Rwanda. The unmanned delivery vehicles from ZIpline (pictured on workbench) have backing from delivery firm UPS and Gavi, a group providing vaccines to developing countries.