5 health projects Google is working on

Google is advancing health projects across its company, from simplifying EHR workflows to improving access to trusted health information to developing new algorithms to detect diseases. Here are five projects the tech giant has in the works, according to a video the company released on April 1.

  1. Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group is developing a small computing module called Tag. Their goal is to create a wearable device that can recreate the same kind of machine learning analysis that happens in labs, according to Nicholas Gillian, head of machine learning in Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group.
  2. In March, Google Health integrated its EHR Care Studio search tool into Meditech’s EHR platform. The partnership aims to give Meditech users access to Care Studio’s data harmonization, search and synthesis capabilities, said Charles DeShazer, MD, chief clinical products officer at Google.
  3. Google unveiled its Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources software development kit to help healthcare providers run Android apps offline by storing and processing data locally without connectivity. The initiative is part of Google’s mission to democratize access to high-quality healthcare through mobile devices, according to Katherine Chou, senior director of research and innovation at Google.
  4. At the American Heart Association’s annual meeting in November, Google unveiled the results of its Fitbit Heart Study, which was conducted by Harvard doctors and involved nearly half a million Fitbit users. , according to James Park, co-founder and vice president of Fitbit. The study found that Google’s algorithm, which passively analyzes heart rate data, accurately identified undiagnosed atrial fibrillation in 98% of cases.
  5. YouTube, which is owned by Google, launched an initiative in 2021 to fight health misinformation with four main goals: to remove misinformation, reduce its spread, promote credible sources of health information, and reward trusted content with to monetization. The program is designed to break down the barriers “between the ivory towers of academia and everyday people who want to understand how to better care for themselves and their families,” Garth Graham, MD, director and global head of healthcare and public health partnerships at Google and YouTube, said.

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