AI startup lets patients record and transcribe medical appointments

Pittsburgh-based Abridge recently announced its official launch, bolstered by a $5 million seed round and $10 million of Series A funding. The company has developed an app that enables patients to record and transcribe conversations with medical professionals so they can focus on the information they’re hearing in real time, then review it after the conversation is over.

Co-founders Shiv Rao, a cardiologist, and AI specialist Sandeep Konam set out to create a way for patients to revisit the details of their medical discussions, which are often not fully taken in or remembered. 

Abridge also defined more than 400,000 medical terms and developed algorithms to zero in on relevant keywords to help users understand their doctor’s recommendations and learn about the steps they need to take.