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Doctor’s office of the future opens in San Francisco

Posted: 19 January 2017 | By Darcie Thompson-Fields

San Francisco health startup Forward has opened its first AI driven medical clinic.

Located at 180 Sutter Street in San Francisco’s financial district the gadget led clinic from Forward gives a glimpse into the doctor’s office of the future.

The health startup which was founded by former Google employee and Wavii founder Adrian Aoun.

“Imagine a doctor’s office that looks and feels more like an Apple Store than like a doctor’s office,” Aoun told TechCrunch. “But go a step further and you’ve got this kind of cool thing where you’ve got the doctor’s office that kind of learns over time. You’ve got something that gets better over time as it learns more and more about you, almost like everything else we are used to, like Google and Facebook.”

The 3,500 square foot office features six exam rooms, an onsite lab and the latest medical instruments. Results taken from body scans and lab tests conducted on-site feed into Forward’s built-in AI and the connected app.

Using software and data to assist in medical care, Forward has a tech led team behind it including early Uber product lead Ilya Abyzov as co-founder, and Aaliya Yaqub, who helped build Facebook’s onsite clinic, as its first doctor.

Aoun founded Forward in an effort to create a better healthcare system focused on prevention through the use of data and artificial intelligence. Forward charges $149 per month for its services which include unlimited access to its medical staff, baseline screening, blood and genetic testing, wellness and nutrition counselling, ongoing monitoring from wearable sensors provided at the clinic, support and access to its AI and 24/7 access to medical staff through the app. Customers are not billed on their insurance.

The building of Forward’s flagship location was assisted in funding by many well-known sources. Investors include Khosla Ventures, Founders Fund, John Doerr, and First Round Capital as well as angel investors Eric Schmidt, Marc Benioff, Garrett Camp, SV Angel, Aaron Levie and Joe Lonsdale.

Aoun plans to eventually expand through the Bay Area and beyond but sees this first office as just the beginning for a new kind of medicine.

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