Google Testing a Health-Tracking Band for Drug Trial Patients
The health wristband could help doctors and others monitor the condition of patients in clinical trials when they are away from the hospital.Google is experimenting with an innovative health-tracking band that doctors could use to help monitor patients in clinical and drug trials, even when they are away from the hospital. The research into the special wristbands is being done by Google's life sciences group inside the company's Google X research division, and can so far track a patient's pulse, heart rhythm and skin temperature, as well as light exposure and noise levels, according to a June 23 story by Bloomberg. The band is not intended as a consumer device, but is being targeted for use by doctors and other clinicians as a way to monitor how patients in clinical trials are doing around the clock, even when they are at home or at work, the article reported. That kind of constant patient monitoring has been difficult to do in the past, but through the research surrounding this band, it could be a more viable possibility in the future. Andy Conrad, head of the life sciences team at Google, told Bloomberg that Google is collaborating with academic researchers and drug makers to test the wristband's accuracy as part of the research and will then seek regulatory clearance to use it in the United States and Europe. Clinical trials of the band are expected to begin this summer, according to Google.
Google has been involved in other interesting health care research and projects in the recent past.