Google Is Developing A Wearable That Allows Doctors To Monitor Patients Outside The Hospital
In an effort to bring wearables to the medical field, Google has developed a health-tracking wristband that could give physicians real-time, detailed information about patients, even when they’re away from the hospital.
Developed by the Google X research division, the device can measure and report heart rhythm, pulse, skin temperature, and environmental circumstances like light exposure and noise levels.
“Our intended use is for this to become a medical device that’s prescribed to patients or used for clinical trials,” said Andy Conrad, head of the life sciences team at Google, in an interview with Bloomberg.
The device is designed to enable monitoring of patients outside of the controlled environment of a hospital. As patients wear it and go about their daily lives, it reports critical information back to their physicians without the need for a visit.
Conrad hopes that a future version of the device will one day be used by healthy people to detect early signs of disease. “I envision a day, in 20 or 30 years, where physicians give it to all patients,” he said. “Prevention means all the time.”
Google plans to work with academic researchers and drugmakers to ensure the device’s readings are accurate before seeking regulatory clearance to use it in the U.S. and Europe. Initial trials to test the band on real patients will start this summer.