Pulse app updates Symptom Checker feature to include Covid-19 symptoms

To help Filipinos proactively manage their health and wellbeing during the global pandemic, Pru Life UK’s free health management app, Pulse, offers cutting-edge AI-powered health technologies that provide users with access to real-time health information wherever they are, round the clock.

One of Pulse’s main features, Symptom Checker, is an AI-driven tool powered by UK-based healthcare technology and services company Babylon. Made accessible to Pulse users through the partnership between Pru Life UK’s parent company Prudential and Babylon, the Symptom Checker acts as a gateway for users when seeking care. It is designed to help users better understand their worrying symptoms and direct them to seek advice from healthcare professionals. To ensure the Symptom Checker is a useful tool for people to explore their health, local doctors and translators work together with a team of epidemiologists, engineers and data scientists to build a version that is clinically validated and attuned to the Philippines.

“Pru Life UK is proud to provide these smart digital self-help tools to help users understand their health better and empower them to make more informed health decisions. We encourage Filipinos to use Pulse to prevent, postpone, and protect themselves against the onset of diseases,” says Pru Life UK Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Marketing Officer Allan Tumbaga.

The Symptom Checker

The Symptom Checker tool can be easily navigated in the health tab of the Pulse app. Users can enter their symptoms and answer questions via a chatbot interface to receive fast outcomes and suggestions for next steps, by identifying related risk factors from the symptoms and information entered by a user. At the end of the conversation, users are guided to an appropriate triage outcome (e.g. Self Care’, ‘Pharmacy’, ’GP’, ‘GP urgent’, ‘Hospital or ‘Hospital urgent’) and provided further information about possible causes.

Pulse is constantly updated with enhanced features, information, and relevant functionalities to current health concerns. The Symptom Checker, for example, has recently been updated to provide alerts on specific symptoms and conditions that could be related to Covid-19. With this updated feature, it can provide additional information that can help the user identify if they need treatment or if they can look after themselves, based on local healthcare guidance.

In addition, Pulse has recently added new features and benefits, including the Hospital Locator, Pulse Beats, Safe Steps Safety Card, and the latest free offering of Covid-19 coverage and Personal Accident insurance.

Other features

The Hospital Locator provides a map that navigates nearby hospitals and clinics to help users access immediate healthcare services. Meanwhile, education materials such as Pulse Beats and the Prudence Foundation led Safe Steps Safety Card are found in the home tab on Pulse to give health information and suggest preventative measures against certain illnesses, including Covid-19.

Lastly, the Pulse app allows Filipinos aged 18-64 to avail of a 45-day free Covid-19 coverage and personal accident (PA) insurance until May 31. The product provides a death benefit or lump sum amount of P100,000 to the beneficiaries if the insured passes away due to accident or as a result of Covid-19, subject to terms and conditions and a double death benefit for eligible healthcare workers who dedicate themselves for saving lives.

“Our updated Pulse features and the Covid-19 protection offer are ways of assuring Filipinos that they can rely on us in times of a health crisis. Through our ‘We DO Innovation’ and ‘We DO Health’ promises, safeguarding Filipinos’ health and wealth continues to be our top priority,” says Tumbaga.


Pulse is available in the Philippines and can be downloaded for free on iOS and Android devices.