Samsung has long been known to offer health-related features to its flagship devices which include its high-end smartphone which offers inbuilt heart rate sensor as well as record the oxygen saturation levels through its proprietary health app. Presently all the mobile health-related services and features are available but they are more likely used as gimmicks than anything else. Things might soon change with Google planning to acquire Seattle based health start-up called Senosis Health. Google Android Phones in the future might be able to screen your blood.
Reports on GeekWire.com suggest Google has agreed to buy a Seattle based health start-up called Senosis Health. Senosis health was founded by Shwetak Patel, a University of Washington computer scientist. Mr. Patel is not a newcomer when it comes to earning big bucks in terms of acquisitions. Earlier in 2015 Sears acquired his WallyHome sensor technology for an undisclosed amount of sum.
The Senosis Health offers an app named HemaApp which uses the phones camera, flash, microphone, and accelerometer to monitor and measure hemoglobin counts. This feature enables you to gather data that might indicate signs of lung diseases, certain tumors, kidney problems, and nutritional deficiency, wherever you are and whenever you want. This data collected can be handed over to your primary doctor for further monitoring. In the process saving time from you having to make several unnecessary hospital visits.
The app can prove to be a blessing in disguise for people living in remote areas and have trouble traveling to the nearest hospital. It would be rather early to conclude the Senosis Health will prove to be the perfect solution for such diagnosis as its success will depend entirely on the accuracy levels of its applications. Yet considering the progress made it might have important implications for telemedicine.
Reports suggest Google Verily division is currently heading the development of Senosis. Mr. Patel and Verily mission, which aims to combine data science and healthcare innovations in order to help prolong people’s lives seem to go hand in hand.
We will perhaps have to wait a little longer before Google implements the Senosis technology into its Android phones or smartwatches, but the recent developments in the acquisition process are indications that Google is all set to revolutionize healthcare – especially in the US.
There seems to be an exciting future for telemedicine and Senosis Health. We never know if it will be a success or a gimmick. Do let us know your views in the comments below.
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