Mountain View, CA – Think you have health condition? Ask Google. No, I don’t mean opening your web browser and entering in a few keywords. Instead, consult your wearable device that is scanning your cells, looking for any abnormalities that may be indicative of a medical condition.
Sound like science fiction? Well, Google recently applied and was granted a patent that creates such a device. According to the patent application, the device uses magnetic particles that interact with the body’s cells in order to detect a variety of different conditions.
This is Google’s latest entry into the healthcare realm, previously developing a pill that would perform a similar function. In 2014, the company partnered with Novartis, a multinational pharmaceutical company, to develop a smart contact lens which measures glucose levels and has the ability to send real-time updates to your smartphone. “Our dream is to use the latest technology in the miniaturization of electronics to help improve the quality of life for millions of people,” Google founder Sergey Brin wrote in a Novartis press release.
The wristband has the ability to dramatically shift the way we diagnose disease, create individualized treatment plans, and think about our medical conditions. This sparks the continuing conversations about utilizing data and population health trends to build, and ultimately, trust technology in the healthcare space.