Gaurav Bhalotia, Founder, FindMyHealth

FindMyHealth started with a vision to give individuals control of their health, helping them stay healthier and helping them recover quicker.

Apr 06, 2020 02:04 IST India Infoline News Service

Gaurav is an expert in information retrieval, personalisation and building large scale systems. He is passionate about holistic health and traditional Indian Health Sciences and Medicine. FindMyHealth, a preventive healthcare platform (startup), grew out of his belief that everybody deserves a healthy living and that it is viable to take control of our own health through personalisation and AI. He likes to address his startup as a scorecard for one's inner health and their personalised supplement buddy. Gaurav had been the Vice President of Engineering at Flipkart, where he managed and bootstrapped multiple platforms and contributed to building a strong technology organisation. He is also an independent consultant, angel investor and advisor to a number of early stage start-ups. 

In an interaction with Shweta Papriwal, Editor, India Infoline, Mr. Gaurav Bhalotia, Founder, FindMyHealth, said, “Today preventive health is a big black box, it becomes hard to connect any efforts one undertakes to tangible health outcomes”.

Tell us about the journey of FindMyHealth?
It started with a realization that there is a lot to health beyond medicines and that our bodies need to participate very strongly in any recovery from illness. Our body is in a dynamic equilibrium, we are sick when equilibrium is disturbed and recover as we regain the equilibrium. FindMyHealth started with a vision to give individuals control of their health, helping them stay healthier and helping them recover quicker.

What do you aim to achieve with your startup? What problem are you solving using technology?
Help people understand and invest in their health to prevent and avoid diseases plus recover faster. Today preventive health is a big black box, it becomes hard to connect any efforts one undertakes to tangible health outcomes. We are using AI to bring the power of Ayurveda to people in the preventive spectrum. Ayurveda provides a framework to measure and treat imbalances in the body, our technology converts that into an objective score.

How does your technology work to customize the pills for each person?
Our use of AI and mobile web makes it possible to do remote Ayurvedic Assessment on the phone. We have built a unique selfie assessment using computer vision, that allows identification of an individual's constitution using their selfie. We have also taken the relevant body of knowledge and converted it into a multi-dimensional inference network at the backend. This allows us to connect users to relevant suggestions/ actions depending on their individual health situation. We find herb recommendations that are unique to an individual’s health situation and convert them into a single pill.

What is FindMyHealth's differentiating attribute/ USP?
Personalization is the distinctive benefit of our AI, it enables us to identify the unique health situation of an individual and connect them to appropriate targeted actions drawing from the wisdom of Ayurveda and other natural techniques. Additional strong aspect of our technology is that it can be done in a non-invasive manner and remotely on the app.

What technologies does FindMyHealth use?
We use deep learning, specifically computer vision for our selfie-analysis. A lot of other AI and information retrieval techniques are utilized in both our assessment and recommendation frameworks.

The services are deployed on Azure cloud and built using a mix of reactJS, node.js, Kotlin and python.

Details on funding?
We are focused on building the product currently.

Can you share a use case? What difference is it making to a user's life?
One of our users was suffering from bloating and hyperacidity and meals/ post mealtimes were a nightmare for him. He was on multiple medications, a strict self-created list of things to avoid that would trigger it and still suffering.
He was able to cut down the number of acidity flare ups by 70% in the first month itself, through our personalized supplement. He is continuing with the herbs and lifestyle recommendations.

What challenges did your startup face?
The biggest challenge has been the marriage of technology and medicine, to get Ayurvedic doctors and nutrition experts and engineers/ data scientists to think and work on a common plane. We have built a very strong culture of evidence-based science, high ownership, and building for scale.

Next challenge has been creating awareness and sometimes a strong positive awareness of Ayurveda. A lot of people are exposed to Ayurvedic medicines and treatments but in a very ad-hoc manner, we wish to make it easy and accurate to access and consume Ayurveda.

What are your future plans?
We are working on personalized diet plans driven off our AI, that will be Ayurveda compliant. Diet is a significant part of who we are, and diet corrections can have a huge impact on healing and recovery.

We are also building a symptom checker based on Ayurvedic theory, which will also give us an idea of disease progression.

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