Startup: ResApp Health

Location: Brisbane, Australia

About: ResApp Health has developed a smartphone app that is able to instantly diagnose and help patients manage respiratory disease by listening to the sound of their cough. The company uses machine learning to develop algorithms that are extremely accurate at diagnosing respiratory diseases from the range of sounds produced during a coughing event. The recording of a cough is compared to a large database of other recordings (signatures) that have been previously matched with clinical diagnoses. Then, a combination of these signatures is used to provide a severity measure of the respiratory problem being diagnosed so that the user can make the best possible decision moving forward.