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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...
By Jonah Comstock February 10, 2015
By better leveraging its Knowledge Graph smart search algorithm, Google is giving its health-related search functions a shot in the arm. Starting in the next few days, health searches on Google and via the Google app will display a wide range of medical facts about the disease or condition in question. "We’ll show you typical symptoms and treatments, as well as details on how common the condition...
By Aditi Pai January 28, 2015
Biogen Idec used Fitbit bands in a previous study Biogen Idec has partnered with Google X, Google's business unit for long-term “moonshot” projects, to study outside factors that might contribute to the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a report from Bloomberg. Google and Biogen will use sensors, software, and data analysis tools to collect and analyze data from people who...
By Aditi Pai January 26, 2015
San Francisco-based health texting program developer CareMessage has received $6 million in grants in the past few months from several organizations including Google and The Pershing Foundation. Google awarded the group $2.3 million as part of Google.org's Impact Awards in December. The Pershing Foundation led a $3.7 million grant in November with $1.5 million. The organization's existing backers...
By Jonah Comstock November 10, 2014
Google's genomics browser, from a video the company released last year. Between contact lenses for diabetes, big data baseline health studies, and a tiny pill that scans for cancer (not to mention curing death and setting up telemedicine visits based on search results), Google is casting a wide net in the health care field. But the company's biggest contributions might come in an area where...