March 9, 2018

Froedtert Provides Patients with Symptom Checker from Boston Startup Buoy Health

Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin says it’s made an online symptom checker developed by a Massachusetts startup available to patients who receive care at the Milwaukee-based hospital and clinic network.

The new tool for Froedtert patients is from Buoy Health. The Boston-based company has developed an online chatbot that searches through thousands of clinical papers in order to suggest diagnoses based on information users enter about themselves and their symptoms.

Mike Anderes, Froedtert’s chief innovation and digital officer, says the purpose of Buoy Health’s symptom checker is to educate patients about their health, and is “not meant as a substitute for professional medical advice.”

Buoy Health co-founder and CEO Andrew Le says his company’s software uses machine learning techniques and is aimed at connecting symptom information shared by patients with contextual information, such as where they live and work, and what medications they take regularly.

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