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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 November 3, 2014
Without specifically acknowledging criticisms about its accuracy, Google announced Friday it would be making some changes to Google Flu Trends, the service that uses search data to track and predict flu outcomes in the United States and around the world. Specifically, Flu Trends will stop relying solely on search data to make predictions but will begin to combine that search data, continually,...
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 Aditi Pai October 29, 2014
Google has released the fitness app for Android devices it announced in June, called Google Fit. "When it comes to improving our fitness, every little effort counts," Android Director of Product Management Sabrina Ellis said in a blog post. "That’s why we’ve created Google Fit – a fitness app that helps you to start tracking your activity effortlessly and become more active, aware and motivated...
By Jonah Comstock October 14, 2014
Tel Aviv, Israel and Palo Alto, California-based Hello Doctor has raised $700,000, according to a report from VentureBeat. The funding is from angel investors from Facebook, Google and some undisclosed pharmacy companies. BlueRun Ventures is a previous investor in the company. Hello Doctor is a mobile personal health record platform that allows a patient to access records from multiple healthcare...
By Aditi Pai 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 August 25, 2014
Joining the ranks of Google and Apple, online retail giant Amazon has met with the FDA, according to the agency's public calendar, according to a report in Modern Healthcare. Just why Amazon met with the FDA is still a matter for speculation. Of the three companies, Google has been the most transparent about its meeting with the FDA. It announced on its blog in January that it had met with the...
By Jonah Comstock August 19, 2014
While Novartis' recent partnership with Google and its longtime relationship with Proteus have indicated that the pharma company has an interest in digital health, a page on the company's website, added this summer, lays out its broad vision and explicit interest in mobile health specifically. The company even has a mobile health strategy lead, Michele Angelaccio, who holds the title of Associate...
By Jonah Comstock August 11, 2014
Google has released a preview software development kit (SDK) for Google Fit, the platform the company will launch later this year to help Android users aggregate data from fitness apps and devices. The preview launch gives some hints about what the final SDK will look like when it launches later this year. In a blog post, Google explained that the preview SDK will contain three different APIs....
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...