Google Health hosted its annual The Checkup Up event today with announcements about Search, Fitbit Health Metrics, AI, and developer tools.
Fitbit health statistics
If you use a Fitbit device, the in-app Health Metrics Dashboard tracks respiration rate, heart rate variability (HRV), skin temperature, oxygen saturation (SpO2), and resting heart rate (RHR) for a week.
At the moment, only those who subscribe to Fitbit Premium get longer-term trends and historical data (up to 90 days), but that’s about to change:
Later this month, we’ll be making more of Fitbit’s Health Metrics Dashboard feature available without a subscription to people using Fitbit with compatible devices in countries where the feature is available.
Meanwhile, Google has used Duplex to “call hundreds of thousands of healthcare providers across the US to verify their information on Google Search,” and to find out if “providers accept certain Medicaid plans in their state.” Speaking of Medicaid, Google gets a closer look at re-enrollment information, as well as “providers that identify as community health centers that offer free or low-cost care.”
Google today announced a new partnership with New Zealand’s ThroughLine to “increase the number of crisis helplines that appear at the top of search results in other languages and countries for searches related to suicide, domestic violence and other personal crisis topics.”
Open health stack
Google wants to make it easier to build apps for healthcare workers by offering “open-source building blocks built on an interoperable data standard” with Open Health Stack. This includes making it easier to access information and find other insights, with data securely stored while available offline.
For example, rural health workers can quickly access the information they need to care for a patient diagnosed with tuberculosis by using these apps, or they can access population health data to better manage community health. to follow.
Google is exploring ultrasound devices, which are affordable and portable, and AI models that help “identify important information, such as gestational age in expectant mothers,” and for use in breast cancer detection:
Mammograms, which are chest X-rays, are most commonly used to screen for breast cancer and are a proven approach to reduce mortality. However, screening programs are not available in many regions due to the high cost.
Meanwhile, work with the Mayo Clinic on using AI as part of cancer treatment continues.”
Starting today, we are formalizing our agreement with Mayo Clinic to explore further research, model development and commercialization. By taking these next steps with Mayo Clinic, together we can extend the reach of our model, with the goal of helping more patients receive radiotherapy treatment faster.
Finally, Google is working together to make AI-powered chest X-ray screening for tuberculosis, which is treatable but requires cost-effective detection, more widely available:
We are partnering with an AI-powered organization led by Right to Care, a non-profit organization with extensive experience in TB care in Africa, to make AI-powered screenings widely available in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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