Irish medtech firm has developed free bot for COVID-19 risk assessment

  • An Irish digital health start-up called Akkure has launched its free ‘COVIDMedBot’, an online personalised risk assessment and guideline tool for use during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    The tool is available online here and the assessment can be completed within 90 seconds by patients, hospitals and GPs.

    The bot’s guidelines are in line with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and it is leveraging advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with doctors and medical experts at St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin.

    Akkure said that the COVIDMedBot is dynamically updated based on an individual’s specific responses and the risk assessment can be repeated as many times as a user wants, facilitating sequential consults.

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    Employers and employees can also use the bot to find out more about what help is available and the recommended next steps.

    In addition, Akkure is releasing specialised MedBots which will be available to leading hospitals and medical practices.

    The MedBots will be tailored to their individual needs to assist with triaging patients and relieve the immense pressure on their organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Founder of Akkure, Professor Oran Rigby MD said the bot “offers an efficient and reliable service benefiting the public, corporate sector, and Irish governing bodies during this high strain period for the health service.”

    He added: “Rather than overwhelming GP practices in this time of crisis, the COVIDMedBot can act as the first port of call by allowing patients to gauge their personal risk, and crucially, what actions they can take based on their individualised risk assessment.”

    Akkure is based at NovaUCD, the Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs at University College Dublin.

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    Source: Written from press release

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