On February 3, 2015, the National Council of Physicians (Cnom) unveiled its white paper on connected health: "It's high time for doctors to go digital". said its authorDr. Jacques Lucas. Well here is the connected telehealth bracelet, unveiled in late June by Google.
This wristband developed in the Google X Labs, still in the experimental stage, is capable of measuring pulse, heart rate and skin surface temperature. It can also record external data related to the environment, such as exposure to noise or light. "A medical tool that will be prescribed to patients or used in clinical trials."said Andy Conrad, head of science at Google, in an interview with Bloomberg. The goal of LTP3T39 is to allow doctors to track patients' progress in real time, without forcing patients to stay at the hospital to be monitored continuously.
But not only that! Google X is interested in working with academic researchers and drug manufacturers to improve the accuracy of its product and obtain the necessary approvals for medical use from US and European health regulators. Andy Conrad imagines that healthy people could, in the future, wear this bracelet in order to detect the first signs of illness. Google has designed the bracelet for medical research, mainly for clinical trials related to new treatments and not for the general public. Thanks to such a system, researchers could access in real time information related to patients included in these trials.
The first tests should start this summer in Europe and the United States.
Recently, l' company unveiled another device prototype also to be worn on the wrist which, combined with a nanoparticle capsule to be ingested, would be able to detect the first signs of disease in the body.
In 2014 Google introduced a health data aggregator called Google Fit. Numerous applications from companies such as Withings with its Pulse Ox or the Withings Pop Activity, Runtastic with its Orbit connected scale, or Adidas MiCoach, ... all compatible with Google Fit. It's no coincidence... It remains to be seen how the general public will react to all this data gathered by Google, even via the medical community.