Populous and/or aging countries like India are turning to machines to supplement a shortage of human healthcare and eldercare workers.
Touchkin, based in Bangalore, has raised $1.3 million to develop its chatbot Wysa, a mobile service with predictive algorithms to detect age-related disorders.
The founders see Wysa as a virtual therapist for the elderly that can also help people with other behavioral disorders. A pilot detected depression among diabetes patients with up to 90% accuracy.
“Providers can increase the number of people supported per coach by 10x to 100x, with increased engagement, better monitoring and improved self-management,” says Vidushi Kamani of Kae Capital, which led Touchkin’s seed funding round.
A group of unnamed angel investors also participated. Inc24 reports Touchkin is looking to expand into the health insurance market in partnership with Swiss Re.