How AI Transforms Your Body’s Biodata Into Real Health Solutions

Lola Priego

At-home lab testing coupled with AI can give you science-backed ways to improve your diet, stress, energy, sleep, sex drive and more.

In this Episode of The Human Upgrade™...

… you’re going to learn about the engineering it takes to build a health data app. You’ll find out how data science, mathematics and predictive analysis look at how biomarkers impact overall wellness. At Base, your own data, along with deep expertise from an advisory board of functional medicine doctors, inform the algorithms. This means you get a distinctly personalized prescription on how to manage your health concerns.

Guest Lola Priego, founder and CEO of Base, is an experienced software engineer and former medical student on a mission to help people better understand what is going on in their bodies. She possesses a unique combination of skills to do just that.

She studied medicine before transferring to engineering at the Technical University of Madrid and earned a master’s degree in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

While struggling with her own health problems, she identified major pain points in the healthcare system like lack of access to personalized health data. She created Base to solve this issue with a data-driven approach that also provides actionable diet and lifestyle recommendations. Base gets to the root cause of health concerns through analyzing biodata like hormones, nutrition, and vitamin deficiencies to get to the core of why you feel “off.”

“That’s how Base works,” Lola says. “We’re combining the data from doctors, from health coaches, from the actual data from our members retesting after incorporating a new diet, or a new lifestyle recommendation. We’re blending all of that to continue to improve our systems to be able to better help you to improve.”

“Base is having a support system that will allow you to find what’s wrong earlier without the need to involve a human. Or, if you need to involve a human, something that is more elevated.”

Lola Priego

Base provides testing options that usually are not available at a primary care doctor’s office (they’re often only offered by specialists). Convenience is built into the lab testing process. Base’s blood and saliva tests gets to the root of issues like stress, anxiety, fatigue, and brain fog. Here’s what Base and its accompanying app offer you so you can take control of your own biology and make meaningful life changes:

  • Regular testing tells you what’s going on with your biology.
  • Your own data informs recommendations on how to improve your diet, stress, energy, sleep, and sex drive.
  • You can track your results over time, get help from a team of online experts, and set specific health goals.

Because it’s your own health data, there are privacy issues at play you have to know about. Lola explains that security and privacy are built-in design features at Base.

“Good news for everyone that is listening,” Lola says. “Regulations around data privacy are getting stronger and stronger, including audits, that as a venture capital-backed startup, you need to go through. A couple of things:

  • “I would always recommend reading online and reading a company’s terms of service and privacy policy. You always want to know, ‘what am I agreeing to about this data?’”
  • “I do think that data should be controlled by consumers. It’s your data, you can do whatever you want with it. You should have access to it, you should be able to distribute it as you want it, and how you want it.”

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  • People come to the site and they would pick one of the areas, and with that, they would be able to find out more about what levels are not optimal, to get recommendations on how to improve those.  – 3:58
  • How much of this is machine learning, versus a predictive algorithm? – 7:15
  • What we see at base is a system… It’s having a support system that will allow you to find what’s wrong earlier without the need to involve a human early on.  – 13:22
  • After you receive all of your set of results, we look at the biomarker or biomarkers that are the worst and have the most weight.  – 17:27
  • We are having a ton of fun at Base, including our new, personalized shopping division that people are using this to do their grocery shopping  – 21:13
  • If someone already has a doctor, can they get a report done for their doctor on Base?  – 27:00
  • It turns out different vitamins do totally different things, and different drugs and different foods, depending on when you eat them. Then there’s the individual genetic things, and gut bacteria things, and all that.  – 32:08
  • Genetics are important to know what’s your baseline, and what’s the context. Do you have for this position to have diabetes? Then now you know that you need to monitor that do you want to know if you have predisposition to have Alzheimer’s? It’s just super helpful to know. – 37:05
  • Do you think that we’re going to have a day where we just ignore genomics or ignore poop, and just look at blood and spit?  – 41:18
  • We started putting that security and privacy at the top and the forefront.  – 49:51
  • You’re teaching them to be actionable, and because they’re real people, not medical professionals with a butler or something, maybe it’s a little bit more actionable.  – 54:19

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