Google Baseline Study

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 Jonah Comstock December 10, 2014
Duke University and Ochsner Health System in Louisiana are two of the first hospitals to integrate with Apple HealthKit via Epic. At the mHealth Summit in National Harbor, Maryland this week, Duke's Dr. Ricky Bloomfield and Ochsner's Dr. Richard Milani took the stage for a packed Q&A session about the new technologies, applications and opportunities. Here's eight takeaways from the session. 1...
By Jonah Comstock November 4, 2014
Andrew Conrad, the Google X researcher heading up the company's recently-announced ingestible-wearable sensor platform, has shared a good deal more information about the project in an interview with BackChannel. He said he believes the project is only a few years away from viability. Conrad said that Google has hired more than 100 people to work on the project and is working with MIT and Stanford...
By Jonah Comstock October 29, 2014
Google's in-progress contact lens. Google X, Google's department of long-term "moonshot" projects, has revealed another health-related undertaking. According to the AP, the tech giant announced at a Wall Street Journal event that it is developing a smart pill that could scan for cancer and send the results to a user's wearable sensor device. The AP reports that the pill, which is in the early...
By Jonah Comstock July 28, 2014
Once again, Google has captured the news cycle with the announcement of an ambitious, health-focused project. But although Google's health portfolio continues to grow, its handful of health projects are still little more than pet projects to the search giant. As reported last week by The Wall Street Journal, the Google Baseline study will use a combination of genetic testing and digital health...