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  • Writer's pictureSarah Ruivivar

AI Health Coach: The Future of Wellness

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OpenAI and Arianna Huffington are teaming up to bring you a revolutionary “AI health coach” through Thrive AI Health.


This innovative tool aims to personalise health advice by leveraging “the best peer-reviewed science” and your personal biometric, lab, and medical data.


OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and Huffington announced their collaboration in a Time magazine op-ed, highlighting the bot’s potential to transform health management. DeCarlos Love, a former Google executive with experience in wearables like Fitbit, has been appointed CEO. Thrive AI Health has also partnered with prestigious institutions such as Stanford Medicine and the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, with the Alice L. Walton Foundation as a strategic investor.


AI health coaches are becoming a hot trend. Fitbit and Whoop are already developing AI-powered coaches to offer users deeper insights into their health metrics. In tech-savvy San Francisco, it’s common to see people flaunting their Oura Rings or sleep data from Eight Sleep mattresses.


Thrive AI Health’s mission is to democratise access to valuable health insights. Imagine a single mother seeking quick gluten-free meal ideas or an immunocompromised individual needing instant advice between doctor’s appointments. Personally, I’d use it to query every unusual headache, rather than relying on WebMD’s often alarming diagnoses.


 

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However, caution is warranted. Sharing health data with anyone other than your primary care doctor could lead to data leaks. There’s also the risk of the bot providing dangerous misinformation or reducing quality care to quick, flawed responses without human oversight.


Currently, the bot focuses on small, impactful changes in five key areas: sleep, nutrition, fitness, stress management, and social connection. It doesn’t aim to replace doctors but rather to guide users towards healthier lifestyles. For example, it might suggest a 10-minute walk after school pick-up to help manage chronic conditions like heart disease.


The op-ed emphasised AI’s role in accelerating scientific progress in medicine, from drug development to cancer diagnosis. While an AI health coach suggesting more sleep isn’t a miracle cure, there’s promising progress. AI tools have helped radiologists detect breast cancer as accurately as two doctors, and AI-designed drugs are in clinical trials.


For Altman and Huffington, the challenge lies in building trust for a product that handles sensitive information while navigating AI’s limitations. If successful, Thrive AI Health could be a game-changer in making personalised health advice accessible to all.



 

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