Meet Nabla, a French startup that is today launching a new application focused on women’s health. On Nabla, you will find several services that should all help you stay on top of your health. In short, Nabla lets you chat with practitioners, offers community content, helps you centralize all your medical data, and will soon be offering telemedicine appointments.
The main feature of Nabla right now is the ability to strike up a conversation with medical professionals. You can send a message to a general practitioner, gynecologist, midwife, nurse, nutritionist or physiotherapist.
While text chats aren’t a complete replacement for in-person dating, they can certainly be helpful. By increasing the number of interactions with healthcare professionals, there’s a good chance you’ll be healthier and even end up making more in-person appointments.
Other French startups provided text conversations with practitioners. For example, the health insurance company Alan allows you to send a message to a general practitioner – but you must be insured by Alan. Biloba also lets you chat with a doctor – but the company is focused on pediatrics.
Nabla has a different positioning and offers this feature for free – there is a limit as you can only submit a handful of questions per month. If this is a common question, you might find the answer from the community. Nabla’s doctors will also organize community content.
Using a free product to talk about your health is suspect. But that’s because the startup is well funded and plans to launch premium features.
The startup has raised $ 20.2 million (€ 17 million) and is already working with a team of doctors ready to answer questions from the company’s first users – or patients. The company’s investors include Xavier Niel, Artemis, Rachel Delacour, Julie Pellet, Marc Simoncini and Firstminute Capital.
One of the reasons Nabla might raise so much money before releasing her app is that all three co-founders have experience in the tech ecosystem.
Co-founder and CEO Alexandre Lebrun previously founded VirtuOz, which was acquired by Nuance, and Wit.ai, which was acquired by Facebook. Most recently, he worked for the Facebook AI Research Team (FAIR).
Co-founder and COO Delphine Groll led the business development and communication of two large media groups Aufeminin and My Little Paris. And Nabla’s co-founder and CTO, Martin Raison, has worked with Alexandre Lebrun on both Wit.ai and Facebook.
In addition to text conversations, Nabla displays all of your past interactions in a personal journal. You can connect this diary to other apps and services, such as Apple’s Health app, Clue, and Withings. This way you can see all your data from the same app.
As you might have guessed, the startup really believes that machine learning can help with preventative and holistic care. By default, nothing is shared with Nabla for machine learning purposes. But users can accept and share data to improve processes, personalization, and more.
Ultimately, Nabla wishes to optimize interactions with doctors as much as possible. The startup says it doesn’t want to completely replace doctors – it wants to improve medical interactions so doctors can focus on the human and empathetic part.
Nabla plans to launch a telemedicine service so you can interact with doctors in real time as well as a premium offer with more features. It’s an ambitious roadmap, and it will be interesting to follow Nabla over the long haul to see if they stick to their original vision and find a loyal user base.