LONDON – Health technology startup Babylon Health is working with digital media and telecom conglomerate Tencent to leverage Babylon’s artificial intelligence system to deliver personal health assessments, treatment advice and individual health records across main land China. By interacting directly with users, Babylon’s AI system will be able to identify specific illnesses, provide health status assessments and triage necessary actions. “Tencent and Babylon share the same ethos about making health care accessible for all,” said Dr. Ali Parsa, CEO of Babylon Health, in a statement. “This is a partnership for Babylon to work with one of the tech giants in China, to bring quality digital health service to Chinese people.” Tencent’s WeChat platform has more than 1 billion users and the app has partnered with more than 38,000 medical facilities in China. Babylon is hoping to further expand its market reach and product capabilities by partnering with health care services around the world and has seen its membership grow to more than 1.4 million users. “We have identified Babylon as one of the leaders in this technology worldwide and aim to partner with them to put it into the hands of Chinese consumers,” said Meng Zhang, general manager of Tencent, in a statement.
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