Medical Tourism for the Masses: The Startup That Can Find You the Right Hospital

Medical Tourism for the Masses: The Startup That Can Find You the Right Hospital

You need an operation. It may be elective, like a new nose, a procedure your insurer doesn’t think you need but you want, like a new knee, or a medical necessity like a kidney transplant. Wallet in hand, the world is your oyster. But efficiently finding the best place to buy that oyster is hellishly difficult, not least because different countries have different languages.

Archimedicx, a U.S.-based startup that does R&D in Israel, invented a search engine to find you the best place (within its database) to solve your medical issue.

Available in nine languages (the default will always be the country’s local language), users don’t need to log in. They just go to the site, where the first field simply asks what’s wrong – “Enter your medical condition or required procedure.”

As you start typing in your problem, the software will suggest solutions. Typing in “hi” for instance will bring up a smart list of possibilities, starting with “partial hip replacement”.

You choose the solution that describes your problem, if it’s there. The site then opens a page where you enter a list of parameters, including the tolerable price range, the earliest availability, the location of the hospital (from worldwide to specific), your age and the language you speak. Clicking on “More filters” merely adds “food options,” an intriguing choice for the kashrut adherents among us.

Assuming your problem is one of the 200 (so far) that the site recognizes and can handle, so far, the software will produce the solutions for you based on your choices from a database of over 1,800 clinical centers, including over 300 hospitals, around the world.  The company hopes to have some 1,000 hospitals in six months’ time…

Read full story at Haaretz

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