Have a regular health check up with Google’s health tracking wristbands

The market for connected health just updated a new device. Google .Inc life sciences group recently came up with this new wristband for tracking health. As per the source, this wrist band can be possibly used in drug test or clinical trials which would track patient’s health giving doctors or physicians every minute data on their progress or faring. This experimental device can measure heart rhythm, skin temperature, pulse along with providing environmental information such as light exposure and noise level around. On this, Andy Conrad, the head of life sciences team at Google said that the device won’t be marketed as a consumer device. Further she spoke on a telephonic interview about their intention to create the device saying that their intentional use is that this should become a medical device prescribed to the patients or for some clinical trials. 



This was probably long craved method of tracking patient’s health and vital signs outside the lab by doctors, drug makers and the researchers. Medidata is a New-York based multinational firm which specializes in data analytics and marketing cloud computing solutions.  Kara Dennis, Medidata’s managing director of mobile health shared her views on the device saying that it captures rich and accurate data along with creating an ease for the patients to use it which earlier was a big challenge. 

Through this device Google offered health monitoring feature in a smart watch in its software platform based Android wear for the users along with other partners like LG electronics Inc., Apple Inc and other smart watch and health featuring device. Conrad spoke on this matter saying that the existing consumer devices aren’t rigorous enough for research. This is exactly where Google X plays its role. The main purpose to set up the lab was to tackle big projects with huge potential for long term payoffs like the driverless cars, wind turbines, or the delivery drones. Google’s life sciences department has also created experimental Contact Lenses which can read diabetic patients blood sugar level. Just like the contact lenses, Google’s wristband collects all the required information continuously.

Dennis said, historically, doctors do everything — patients just need to turn up at the trial site. Now, they’re asking patients to take on meaningful responsibility in gathering information. Further she said that even asking little things of patients, like regularly charging a device, hurts data compliance. An accurate and reliable wrist sensor could easily change that.

Conrad said that he hopes in the future for tools like Google’s wristband to be used by healthy people to catch early signs of disease. He envisions a day, in 20 or 30 years, where physicians give it to all patients. Prevention means all the time.

According to Conrad, Google will possibly collaborate with the drug makers and researchers to test the wristband’s accuracy and check regulatory clearance to use it in the U.S. and Europe. Google may also look for a manufacturing partner. Jacquelyn Miller, Google’s spokeswomen also said on the same that the trials to test the band will start over the summer. For example Swiss drug-maker Novartis AG’s Alcon unit licensed and will also commercialize their contact lens.

Prajyot Mainkar

Mr. Prajyot Mainkar is the Editor-in-Chief of Androcid. He himself, is an Android Developer by profession; based in Goa.

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