Google Health

By Laura Lovett 02:51 pm September 24, 2020
COVID-19 wasn’t Google Chief Health Officer Dr. Karen DeSalvo’s first crisis. A seasoned public health leader, she worked on the health response in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.  During a keynote talk at CB Insights' Future of Health yesterday, she stressed that lessons learned during the hurricane can also be applied to the pandemic today.  “A lot of things that happened to us in 2005...
By Tammy Lovell 04:42 am January 21, 2020
A study published in Nature has demonstrated how artificial intelligence (AI) research can drive and accelerate new scientific discoveries. Alphabet subsidiary DeepMind has created a dedicated, interdisciplinary team to explore using AI to predict the 3D structure of a protein based solely on its genetic sequence. Its system, AlphaFold, builds on prior research using large genomic datasets to...

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By Laura Lovett 03:47 pm January 2, 2020
Google’s artificial intelligence proved more accurate in identifying breast cancer from mammograms than doctors, according to a study published in Nature yesterday. The initial results of Google’s AI for breast cancer screening, found that the system was able to reduce the number of both false positives and false negatives in breast cancer detection. The study was born out of a collaboration...
By Laura Lovett 03:41 pm September 18, 2019
This morning Google announced that the health team at DeepMind, an artificial intelligence Alphabet subsidiary primarily focused on research, is joining Google Health.  “Under the leadership of Dr. David Feinberg, and alongside other teams at Google, we’ll now be able to tap into global expertise in areas like app development, data security, cloud storage and user-centered design to build...
By Jonah Comstock 02:18 pm May 28, 2019
Dr. Roni Zeiger, cofounder and CEO of Smart Patients and ex-chief health strategist at Google, is leaving his startup after seven years to join Facebook as the social network giant's Head of Health Strategy, a position Facebook appears to have newly created. Zeiger quietly announced the news in a post on his own blog entitled "An Opportunity I Can’t Resist." Based on that short post, it appears...
By Jonah Comstock 01:58 pm March 28, 2016
Two health-related Google logos that recently appeared in the US Patent and Trademark Office's database are not for a resurrected Google Health or for a forthcoming product, but are instead the logos of Google acquisition DeepMind Health and its first app, Streams. SlashGear first spotted that the company had filed trademarks for two new health-related logos and speculated as to whether it...
By Aditi Pai 01:03 pm September 11, 2014
Google has acquired San Francisco-based Lift Labs, a company that is developing smart utensils for people with Parkinson’s and essential tremor. Lift Labs will join Google[x], which is Google's secretive innovation lab. Lift Labs is not to be confused with activity and posture tracking wearable device maker Lumo Body Tech, which offers a device called Lumo Lift. Lift Labs has raised $1 million in...
By Jonah Comstock 09:01 am September 2, 2014
The one big piece of information Aetna hasn't shared about the shutdown of its CarePass health data platform is the very one everyone wants to know: Why? Over the last week, there's been plenty of speculation about a number of possible explanations. Three years ago, after a similar high-profile shuttering, MobiHealthNews wrote a popular post called "10 Reasons why Google Health failed," where we...
By Brian Dolan 09:16 am July 8, 2014
During a fireside chat at the annual Khosla Ventures CEO summit, investor Vinod Khosla talked to Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin about Google becoming a health company one day. As David Shaywitz wrote in a column for Forbes, Page and Brin see their company's health initiatives as "cool" projects, but they argue because of all the red tape in healthcare they are ultimately not...
By Brian Dolan 12:30 pm June 13, 2014
On Wednesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration quietly updated its list of mobile medical applications that it would not regulate. It added a description of an app that fairly well describes Apple's recently announced Health app. The addition comes just a day after the FDA responded to a three-month old Freedom of Information Act request from a tech publication about its meeting with Apple...