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Google buys smartphone health startup Senosis
November 26, 2017, 3:12 pm

Google recently bought Senosis Health, a startup that turns smartphones into medical devices and collects various health stats. Among other things, the Senosis apps can monitor lung health and hemoglobin counts, using functions on a smartphone including its accelerometer, microphone, flash and camera. For example, to measure the hemoglobin, Senosis’ app uses the phone’s flash to illuminate a user’s finger.

The acquisition comes at a time when Google is investing heavily into health care technology. Last year, it launched DeepMind Health, an initiative to create a suite of apps that can help doctors identify patients at risk of complications. Google is using rtificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to create tools for medical providers, and at the moment, it says most progress is being made in ophthalmology and digital pathology. The acquisition of Senosis is in line with Google’s plans for its health technology arm, which aims to dramatically improve the availability and accuracy of medical services.

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