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By Jonah Comstock July 8, 2015
At the end of 2013 MobiHealthNews published a long post called "Checking up on Dr. Google: How the search giant has tackled health and wellness" that looked at the history of Google's health moves, going all the way back to 2008 with Google Flu Trends and the failed Google Health PHR. Since we wrote that post, the company has launched nearly as many new health-related initiatives as it had in the...
By Jonah Comstock June 23, 2015
Google (specifically the life sciences team at Google X) is building a wearable health sensor for cardiac and activity tracking, but it isn't a Fitbit or Apple Watch competitor: Google's device is a clinical-grade sensor designed for investigational use. "In brief, we’ll be starting to use it in clinical studies to see if/how a continuous stream of medical-grade measurements of biological signals...
By Jonah Comstock June 10, 2015
Asking "Dr. Google" about a medical problem isn't just a questionable way to get good answers -- it's also a potential security risk, according to research by Tim Libert, a University of Pennsylvania doctoral student, who was recently featured on NPR's All Tech Considered. "Anything that is happening on the web today is pretty much completely unregulated," Libert told NPR's Robert Siegel. "There...
By Aditi Pai June 8, 2015
Thiel Foundation has announced that Harry Gandhi, cofounder and CEO of digital health startup Medella Health will be a 2015 Thiel Fellow. Medella Health is developing glucose-sensing contact lenses. This year's group of 20 Thiel Fellows were selected from 2,800 applicants. Fellows receive $100,000 and mentorship from the Foundation’s network of founders, investors, and scientists. They can...
By Jonah Comstock June 4, 2015
Google has begun to test the first app that will be used in the wider rollout of its Google Baseline study, called the Study Kit app, according to a new report from TechCrunch. "We are in the early stages of designing the Baseline Study and are exploring ways to make it easy for participants to share their health information and habits with researchers on a routine basis," a Google spokesperson...
By Aditi Pai June 3, 2015
Meal Snap app Google has unveiled a new project, called Im2Calories, which will use deep learning algorithms to estimate how many calories are in food, based on a photo of the meal, according to a report from Popular Science. The algorithm will estimate calories in a meal, which could be, for example, eggs, pancakes, and bacon, based on the size of the individual items compared to the size of...
By Jonah Comstock May 14, 2015
Google Fit, a fitness app and data hub often considered to be Google's answer to Apple HealthKit, has added a number of new fitness features in a new update. These features help make Google Fit itself competitive with other dedicated fitness tracking apps. Specifically, the update adds the ability to track calories burned and distance travelled, provided the user enters their gender, height and...
By Aditi Pai April 2, 2015
Google Ventures, the early-stage investment arm of Google, has invested about 30 percent of its fund into health startups, according to Krishna Yeshwant, one of its general partners. The fund receives $300 million a year from its parent company. Yeshwant, who is also a practicing physician, discussed Google Ventures' digital health investments at the HxRefactored 2015 event in Boston this week....
By Jonah Comstock March 10, 2015
When Apple made its ResearchKit announcement yesterday, my mind immediately went to the Google Baseline Study, a massive research project conducted by Google, using mobile health tools to create unprecedented amounts of data about a large sample of healthy people. Not that the two initiatives are overly similar, but both their differences and the similarities that do exist are interesting. In...
By Aditi Pai February 26, 2015
Google is considering strategic investment in Jawbone, although discussions are in preliminary stages, according to a report from Re/Code. Update: According to a report from Fortune, BlackRock is considering investing as much as $300 million in Jawbone. Fortune added that its sources said Google is not actively considering an investment. Re/Code adds Google and Jawbone have not agreed on the size...