Posted: 02 Sep 2015 Contributor: Sushil Kumar
Google’s Amazing Healthcare Innovations
Google, a highly reputed tech giant that provides all the internet related services and solutions, is growing with a rapid pace. With the introduction of a new company Alphabet, it is ready to spread its wings in some unexplored domains such as healthcare or life sciences. So, soon we are going to see a big revolution in healthcare sector, all due to endeavors of Google. It would not be wrong to say that after achieving a great success in technology, Google is all set to conquer the medical world.
With the announcement of existence of Alphabet, in Google’s official blog, Google co-founder Larry Page also shown interest in life science. He wrote: “Alphabet is mostly a collection of companies. The largest of which, of course, is Google. This newer Google is a bit slimmed down, with the companies that are pretty far afield of our main Internet products contained in Alphabet instead. What do we mean by far afield? Good examples are our health efforts: Life Sciences (that works on the glucose-sensing contact lens), and Calico (focused on longevity).”
Google wants to traverse the endless pool of scope in biomedical field. It wants this subject to be more mainstream and believes that a combination of technology and medical expertise can benefit people amazingly.
TAKE A PEEK INTO GOOGLE’S HEALTHERCARE INNOVATIONS
On the basis of received information, Google is currently targeting on several areas, one of them is a problem for mankind from a long time, i.e. aging; another that is growing rapidly, i.e. diabetes and many more.
Smart Glucose Sensing Contact Lenses
In its official blog Google mentioned that after the announcement of International Diabetes Federation that world is losing battle against diabetes, it thought of working on this project and it completely wants to change the way people manage their disease. Generally, glucose sensing includes regular visits to doctor or prick finger test, which are hectic and painful.
But, these new innovative lenses can help patients check their sugar levels regularly, simply by putting them on, with a tear. Tiny chips and sensors embedded between the two layers of a lens can measure glucose level with higher accuracy.
Watch video to know more about smart contact lenses – http://techland.time.com/2014/01/16/google-contact-lens-will-measure-glucose-in-tears/
Thwart the Aging Process with Calico
Google has taken an initiative to fight against one of the mysteries of nature that is aging, by generating a separate research and development company, Calico. Run by the experts of different fields of science, the company is doing a great work to understand the biology processes behind aging.
Google’s Partnership with Johnson & Johnson
Google joined hands with Johnson & Johnson to bring a revolution in the field of surgeries. They are planning to create robots, based on artificial intelligence for providing surgical assistance in operation theaters. Google is also looking forward to make a surgery less complicated with software such as machine vision and image analysis, to perform an operation with higher accuracy and in less time. This invention is also going to be of great help for patients with less scarring, blood loss and recovery duration.
Google Baseline Studies
Baseline studies include collecting health data of different individuals for medical purposes and analyze the characteristics of different persons to set a benchmark for healthy body. Google is collecting data of thousands of people to create a strong foundation for future references.
Google Smart Health-check
After Fitbit’s and Apple’s smart innovations in wearable technology, Google has gone even smarter by developing a watch that can monitor a patient’s health constantly. Developed by Google X, which is known for its unconventional experiments, this wristband can monitor light exposure, skin temperature, heart rhythm, and pulse rate, etc. for a patients and conditions of his surroundings as well.
WHY GOOGLE OPTED FOR LIFE SCIENCES
Healthcare industry is having a great potential to generate long term revenues, this could be one of the major reasons that Google opted for life sciences. From day to day life to specific needs, medical equipments are necessary to solve health problems in almost every person’s life. Google also wants to increase the use of technology in healthcare, with development of highly advanced equipments, so that patients can be treated in an effective and easy manner.
– Undoubtedly, the business of Google will increase and it will be able to touch a different dimension of people’s life with health care.
Benefit for Consumers
– Consumers will definitely get benefit with advance methodology of curing diseases, though the work has just started and there is a long way to go. But Google is slowly preparing its arsenal by recruiting some of the best talents of immunology, neurology and nanoparticle technology etc.
– Google will break the traditions of medical world and the process of technology advancement will also speed up that will finally give benefit to people.
Effect on Healthcare Market
– As far as the plans of Google are concerned, it seems like other healthcare companies are going to get a really tough competition. Though, it is not likely that market will see a sudden change, but Google can take up a large part of it, slowly and steadily. This makes it very clear that other competitors also have to keep up with the innovations to stay.
We have to wait some more time to see the effects of Google’s innovations on the healthcare industry, but taking into account the present situations, it can be said that these technical innovations will act as a boon for mankind in future. We will keep you updated about other latest updates, so just stay tuned.