People seeking information answer questions about their age, gender, medical history, and what they would tell a human doctor about their health. MedWhat takes these variables and automatically generates an answer, using information culled from legitimate medical databases like NIH and the CDC. It does not give diagnoses or treatment recommendations, but helps people understand whether they need medical attention in the first place.
“Genomics has the potential to dramatically improve patient care in oncology, but the full promise of precision medicine cannot be realized without a software platform to bring genomics to the point of care,” said Jonathan Hirsch, who founded Syapse six years ago as a 23-year-old Stanford University graduate student. “It is critical that genomic data be integrated with the patient’s medical history and presented to the clinician within the workflow of their EMR.”