After Google Glass, the tech giant has entered the wearable market yet again. This time, Google X, Google’s experimental-research division has developed a health tracker which is aimed to help medical professionals. It will let them know how their patients are doing. This will be possible even between checkups. This is different than other Android Wear smartwatches which have health tracking features as it is not aimed for regular customers but for patients and physicians.
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The wristband which has sensors in it can measure heart rate, pulse, activity level and skin temperature and other vital signs for medical professionals. Other things like noise levels and light exposure is also measured by the device.
Andy Conrad, head of Google’s life sciences team said “Our hope is that this technology could unlock a new class of continuous, medical-grade information that makes it easier to understand these patterns and manage serious health conditions.”
The Google device is still in its experimental stage. The firm is working with drugmakers and academic researchers to ensure that the device and the sensors are correct and are actually helpful to the medical professionals. The process could take years and will not be ready anytime soon. However, the company said that it will work with partners to develop the wristband and distribute it to a large audience.
In a statement provided to Mashable, Conrad said “Doctors have always looked for new ways to gain insight into the subtle biological patterns that could help earlier diagnosis or intervention in disease. Our hope is that this technology could unlock a new class of continuous, medical-grade information that makes it easier to understand these patterns and manage serious health conditions.”
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— Mashable (@mashable) June 24, 2015
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Google is working on software to assist clinicians store, examine and interpret the data securely which is collected from the device. The user interfaces and the analytics that support the device will also be refined for the software as the company is working with medical partners.
It may raise concerns about privacy issues as Google will have people’s data with it. However, the company has ensured that there will be no breach of security and privacy.
It is to be seen whether this health tracker will see the light of the day or will face a similar fate like the Google Glass.
— Daniel Kraft, MD (@daniel_kraft) June 24, 2015
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