Google has bought Senosis health, a startup founded by Shwetak Patel and four others from the University of Washington. This app turns smartphones into medical devices and collects various health stats. The Senosis app can monitor lungs health, hemoglobin levels and many other things using functions on a smartphone including a smartphones accelerometer, microphone, flash, and camera. For example, to measure the hemoglobin, Senosis app uses the phone’s flash to illuminate a user’s finger.
It is not the first time that Shwetak Patel’s venture has been acquired by a renowned company. In 2015 Sears bought Patel’s Wallyhome sensor technology that detects changes in temperature, moisture, and humidity. He also won a MacArthur genius grant in 2011 and his past innovations have ranged from energy meters to air quality sensors. Google hasn’t commented on the acquisition but multiple sources have confirmed that
Google hasn’t commented on the acquisition but multiple sources have confirmed that Google has bought this new startup. Moreover, Google has also been investing huge sums of money in the healthcare lately and that’s news may not be surprising at all. Last year google launched DeepMind Health, an initiative to create a set of apps that would help doctors identify patients who at risk of complications. Google is using AI and machine learning to create tools for medical providers, and at the moment, it says that most progress is being made in ophthalmology and digital pathology. The new company currently consists of a small team and nothing is informed that whether they are going to work at Alphabet, Google’s parent company or not. GeekWire said its sources indicated Senosis employees are likely to work out of Seattle on a new “digital health effort.” Until now there is now no information regarding how much was paid by google for this new startup.Senosis was preparing to raise a series A funding round when Google began to approach it