10 innovations from Google Health

Google has been doubling down on its healthcare ventures by investing in partnerships and technologies, from using artificial intelligence in diagnostics to creating science videos.

Here are 10 of Google Health's innovations as reported by The Motley Fool April 7:

  1. Google recently earned FDA approval for an EKG app that uses data from Google-owned Fitbit to detect atrial fibrillation. 

  2. Google partnered with CVS MinuteClinic to help consumers book health appointments through a Google search.

  3. Google uses artificial intelligence to create Automated Retinal Disease Assessment, a program that can detect diabetic retinopathy.

  4. It is running a similar program called Derm Assist where it has trained an AI to detect skin issues such as signs of skin cancer. 

  5. The Google Fit app uses the camera to detect the heart rate and respiratory rate of users.

  6. Google has also developed Google Tags, which patients can wear after certain osteopathic related procedures, that measure movement of the joints. 

  7. YouTube, which is owned by Google, teamed up with the New England Journal of Medicine to provide public health and science communication videos from authoritative experts. 

  8. Google's Care studio helps bring patients' most relevant medical information from EHRs to the forefront for physicians. 

  9. Alongside the World Health Organization, Google is developing the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource, a standardized set of guidelines for healthcare apps in low and middle income countries.

  10. It has developed probes that work alongside cell phones that allow medical professionals to carry out ultrasound exams in under-resourced areas. 

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