|Industry||Managed health care|
|Headquarters||New York, New York, United States|
|Jaan Tallinn - Founder|
|Products||Personalized medical research|
MetaMed Research was a medical consulting firm aiming to provide high-end personalized medical research services. It was founded in 2012 by Michael Vassar (previously of the Singularity Institute), Jaan Tallinn (co-founder of Skype and Kazaa), and Zvi Mowshowitz, with startup funding from Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel. Metamed stated that its researchers were drawn from top universities, as well as prominent technology companies such as Google.
Vassar founded MetaMed to apply the principles of rationality training, as taught by Eliezer Yudkowsky on his website LessWrong, to medicine, having left Yudkowsky's Singularity Institute to do so. He intended to demonstrate the importance of Yudkowsky's version of rationality to all aspects of society, saying:
We can save lots and lots and lots of lives. But it’s the signal — it's the "Hey! Reason works!" — that matters. It's not really about medicine.
MetaMed was intended to provide an alternative to "typical one-size-fits-all healthcare". To this end, company researchers gathered detailed medical information on each client, using this as the basis for the creation of personalized research reports for various conditions (or, in some cases, for the purpose of client performance enhancement). It also assessed the expected value of various tests, and created maps of correlations between possible medical conditions. One aim of the company was to aid doctors with advanced artificial intelligence and data from information experts.
MetaMed's personalized medical research services were targeted at the market for concierge medicine, with prices ranging from a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands. One patient, who had been provided free services by MetaMed, said that personalized medical research was the "only thing that has helped him" after seeing numerous doctors.
By 2015, MetaMed was defunct, which Tallinn attributed to limited interest in the service and the organization's lack of expertise.
- Clarke, Liat (24 April 2015). "The solution to saving healthcare systems? New feedback loops". Wired.co.uk. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
Tallinn learned the importance of feedback loops himself the hard way, after seeing the demise of one of his startups, medical consulting firm Metamed.
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