LOS ANGELES – Aiva Health has landed an investment from Google and Amazon for the company’s voice operating system for health care.
The capital from the Google Assistant Investment Program will be used to accelerate the development and deployment of the voice OS.
“Voice is the new mobile for delivering better health care,” said Sumeet Bhatia, founder and CEO of Aiva Health, in a statement. “We’re thrilled to be working with the Google Assistant Investments team to help expand our offerings and improve care for people who need it the most.”
Aiva also received an investment from the Alexa Fund at Amazon, which supports early-stage voice technology companies with funding, resources and mentorship.
“We are consistently impressed by the caliber of new companies building voice-based technologies and experiences on Alexa, and these companies, in particular, showcase the growing pace of innovation among early-stage companies experimenting with voice,” said Paul Bernard, director of worldwide corporate development of the Alexa Fund at Amazon, in a statement.
Aiva uses Google Home, Amazon Echo and other smart speakers to engage and empower patients and seniors, as well as to connect them more closely to their caregivers. The voice OS is built on a suite of enterprise applications that includes a mobile app for caregivers to manage help requests; a dashboard for performance reporting; and a backend for controlling the voice assistants’ settings and their interaction with other Internet of Things smart devices like televisions, lights and thermostats.
The Google Assistant Investment Program was established this year to boost digital startups pushing the boundaries of voice technology, said Ilya Gelfenbeyn, lead of the Google Assistant Investment Program, in a statement.
“Google Assistant is already giving millions of people easier access to information, more entertainment options and better control over their environment,” Gelfenbeyn said. “It’s exciting to see Aiva pushing the technology even further, using voice to improve vital human interactions like caregiving.”
Aiva’s other investors include Act One Ventures, Mucker Capital, Techstars and the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Powered by Techstars.