Another Seattle startup has emerged from stealth mode: Saykara, a health technology company developing an AI-fueled voice scribe that aims to be the Amazon Alexa for hospitals.
The service uses artificial intelligence tools to transcribe and sort through a physician’s oral notes during and after interacting with a patient. The goal is to cut down on the time a doctor spends at the computer doing administrative work so they can focus more on the patient.
The company came out of stealth mode and launched its iOS app Monday, as first reported by CNBC.
“Saykara is built on a combination of speech recognition, natural language processing and machine learning. Most importantly, it is highly customized to a physicians workflow, by speciality,” Saykara CEO Harjinder Sandhu told GeekWire in an email.
The app has been used at several private practices for four months and is beginning trials at larger hospitals, Sandhu said.
GeekWire first got wind of Saykara last year when the company raised $2.5 million, with Madrona Venture Group leading the round.
Sandhu has a long history in the space: He previously co-founded MedRemote, which was sold to Nuance Communications for just under $14 million in 2005. He then spent five years at Nuance where he served as vice president and chief technologist of healthcare R&D.
The company now has fourteen employees, many with histories at Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Nuance.