Google buys a startup that turns smartphones into health diagnostic tools. The App named as Senosis, use the accelerometer, microphone, and camera for diagnostics. The apps can monitor lung health and hemoglobin counts, among other things, 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 company was founded by Shwetak Patel along with four others from the university of Washington. This is the second time his venture has been picked up. In 2015, sears bought Patel’s WallyHome sensor technology that detects changes in moisture, temperature, and humidity.
Google is investing heavily into health care technology for couple of years. Last year, it launched DeepMind Health, and initiative to create a suite of apps that can help doctors to identify patients at risk of complications.
According to Google, the most progress is being made in ophthalmology and digital pathology. The acquisition is in line with Google’s plans for its health technology arm, which aims to “dramatically improve the availability and accuracy of medical services.”