Google is bringing wearables to the medical profession. According to a new report, the company has developed a wrist-worn device laced with sensors to give physicians detailed information on patients in real-time, even when they’re away from the hospital.
The device can measure heart rhythm, pulse, skin temperature and environmental concerns like exposure to light and noise levels.
Speaking to Bloomberg, Google’s head of life sciences Andy Conrad said “Our intended use is for this to become a medical device that’s prescribed to patients or used for clinical trials.”
Google designed the device to allow monitoring of patients away from controlled hospital environments. By wearing the device and living life as normally as possible, patients will return critical info to their physicians without having to actually go to see them.
Conrad thinks the wearable is more than a curiosity. “I envision a day, in 20 or 30 years, where physicians give it to all patients. Prevention means all the time.”
➤ Google Reveals Health-Tracking Wristband [Bloomberg]