Recently there has been a lot of discussion about Telehealth and the future of the healthcare industry. During this discussion, Google has been mentioned more than once. The recent HLTH conference in Las Vegas revealed more details on how Google is making huge steps to invest in the Remote Patient Monitoring and Telehealth movement.
Investing in voice technologies and AI-based projects, Google is beginning to see its plan to help doctors, patients, the spread of infectious diseases, and diagnosis acceleration. Former Geisinger CEO David Feinberg coordinates the health initiatives for Google Brain, Nest home automation, and Google Fit suggests the only way Google can help the healthcare industry is with help from other prominent healthcare-focused partners.
Feinberg left Geisinger nearly a year ago to lead Google’s healthcare business. Investing more assets into the artificial intelligence program, Google DeepMind has proven a success so far for the future of healthcare. These technologies have spotted acute kidney disease two days before doctors, but this potential AI breakthrough remains unproven as diagnostic technology.
Google Health partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to train the AI to identify 600,000 variables through 70,000 patients for Kidney issues. Feinberg stated that the AI program had a 90% accuracy rate when predicting which patients would need dialysis, and their diagnosis would arrive two days before clinical signs develop.
The life sciences unit of Alphabet Company is known as Verily; they stated in February that the machine is currently using images of diabetic eye disease to learn how to diagnose diabetic eye disease. This is just the start of how Google intends to help the healthcare industry.
” We want to build services and products to take inpatients to outpatient. We think of hospitalization by and large as a failure of outpatient care, and outpatient care is a failure of home care, and fundamentally home care is a failure of community care. We look forward to sharing with you ways you can move patients in those directions.” — Feinberg
Combining these Remote Monitoring AI systems with Wearable Devices, Google hopes to free clinicians to spend more time with patients. They also include information-gathering initiatives that will provide healthcare organizations with access to trustworthy, high-quality medical videos through online resources like YouTube.
Since Google has stepped into the telehealth arena, you can guarantee that development will accelerate. Potentially changing the landscape of the healthcare industry forever.