Being in nature should be calming, amid chirping birds, buzzing bees, burbling brooks. But pollen, in a sneak attack, makes allergy sufferers erupt into a sneezing, watery-eyed mess. It’s not easy to predict when seasonal allergies will strike — but it’s a question researchers at Palo Alto-based startup doc.ai are tackling with their first data trial. Doc.ai built a mobile app that connects healthcare companies and medical researchers with smartphone users. App users elect to become research participants in data trials, sharing their anonymized information in exchange for health insights and compensation through blockchain tokens. The first of these trials focuses on allergies, while upcoming trials span a range of medical research areas and diseases. “We’re trying to accelerate research by enabling better and more predictive models when it comes to health and medical data,” said Sam De Brouwer, co-founder and chief operating officer at doc.ai. The startup, a member of the NVIDIA Inception virtual accelerator program, is working with members of the healthcare industry like Anthem as well as research advisors from Harvard and Stanford Medical School. Along with doc.ai researchers led by the company’s Chief Science Officer Jeremy Howard, these partners will be able to temporarily access anonymous… Read full this story
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