Meet Nablu, a French startup that is launching a new app today focused on women’s health. At Nabla you will find several services that should all contribute to staying on top of your health. In short, Nabla allows you to talk to practitioners, offers community content, helps you centralize all your medical information, and will soon offer telemedicine appointments.
A key feature of Nable at the moment is the ability to start conversations with healthcare professionals. You can send a message to a GP, gynecologist, midwife, nurse, nutritionist or physiotherapist.
While discussions of the text will not completely replace face-to-face meetings, they can definitely be helpful. By increasing the number of interactions with healthcare professionals, chances are you’ll be healthier, and you may end up booking more personal appointments.
Other French startups provide textual conversations with practitioners. For example, Alan’s health insurance allows you to send a message to a GP – but Alan has to insure you. Biloba also allows you to talk to a doctor – but the company has focused on pediatrics.
Nabla has a different positioning and offers this feature for free – however there is a limit as you can only send a handful of questions per month. If this is a common question, you can find the answer in the community. Nablini doctors will also curate the content of the community.
Using a free product to talk about your health feels questionable. 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 who are ready to answer questions from the company’s first users – or patients. Investors in the company are Xavier Niel, Artemis, Rachel Delacour, Julie Pellet, Marc Simoncini and Firstminute Capital.
One of the reasons Nabla could raise so much money before releasing her app is that the three co-founders had experience in the technology ecosystem.
Co-founder and CEO Alexandre Lebrun previously founded VirtuOz which took over Nuance and Wit.ai which bought Facebook. More recently, he has worked for Facebook’s artificial intelligence research team (FAIR).
Co-founder and CEO Delphine Groll led the development of business and communication for the two main media groups Aufeminin and My Little Paris. And Nablin’s co-founder and chief technical officer Martin Raison has collaborated with Alexandre Lebrun in both Wit.ai and Facebook.
In addition to text conversations, Nabla displays all of your past interactions in a personal diary. You can link this record 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, a startup really believes that machine learning can help when it comes to preventative and holistic care. By default, nothing is shared with Nabl for machine learning purposes. But users can get involved and share data to improve processes, personalization and more.
Finally, Nabla wants to optimize the interaction 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 empathic part.
Nabla plans to launch a telemedicine service so you can communicate with doctors in real time, as well as a premium multi-feature offering. It’s an ambitious roadmap and it will be interesting to follow Nablo in the long run to see if they stick to their original visions and find a loyal user base.