‘K’ is for Knowledge: New Israeli Medical App Gives Users Vital Information2 min read

Israel’s Maccabi Healthcare Services and Israeli start-up K Health launched an application that will give people a better understanding of their ailments. According to the health company, “K” (which stands for “knowledge”) is the first personal medical assistant in the world to be based on anonymous information gleaned from tens of millions of visits to doctor as well as physicians’ notes and lab results.

The records in the database are being supplied by Maccabi, Israel’s second-largest health fund, which has computerized this information since 1992. The user-friendly app, which is currently available in Hebrew and English, is completely free of charge.

“K” initially asks only for age and gender, and based on the ailment, continues with several quick questions. Then the algorithms developed by the health company’s mathematicians and physicians analyze the information and reveal what diagnoses and treatments were given to patients with similar symptoms.

Although such an app certainly cannot replace a visit to the doctor, “When you know what to expect, you can be calmer, worry less, and make wise decisions about your health,” according to the K Health website.

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