San Francisco’s Forward unveils tech-enabled concierge medical practice: 5 things to know

Forward, a San Francisco-based startup, launched its first concierge medical practice Jan. 17, 2017, according to Business Insider.

Here are five things to know.

1. The technology-focused physician's office includes innovative full-body diagnostic tools and a mobile app for patients to book appointments and view laboratory results.

2. One noteworthy technological addition involves a touch-screen display monitor in the exam room, which uses artificial intelligence to listen to physician-patient conversations to take notes in real-time. The system also suggests diagnoses and treatment plans, based on clinical notes, patient history and sensor data.

3. Forward was developed by former employees from Google, Facebook and Uber. Its founder and CEO, Adrian Aoun, a former Google employee, was inspired to create Forward after realizing the difficulties involved in navigating the healthcare system when one of his relatives suffered a heart attack.

4. Forward's investors include Khosla Ventures, Peter Thiel's Founders Fund, Eric Schmidt and Marc Benioff.

5. To become a member, Forward charges a $149 monthly fee.

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