In recent days, , Google Health Google Health Encounter major changes .
David, head of the Department · Feinberg （David Feinberg） Announced on 9 month 1 Daily turnover , And in 10 month 1 As one of the largest electronic health record service providers in the United States Cerner Of CEO And President . after , Google also decided to dissolve Google Health.
David · Feinberg said on his twitter that ：「 It's a great honor to be here Google Health Work , Learned a lot from the team , Expect them to continue their transformative work .」
His 「 Next door 」Cerner And to David · Feinberg served as CEO And the president expressed his heartfelt welcome .Cerner announce , David · Feinberg will also serve on the company's board of Directors .
Google Health And to David · Feinberg thanked for his leadership over the past few years , And promise to continue to work towards the realization of 「 Help people live a healthy life 」 This goal .
Google Health After disbanded , Where will the project and team go ？
According to David · Feinberg's Supervisor 、 Google AI Head of research institution Jeff Dean A memo sent to the employee ,Google Health Various projects and teams will be diverted to different departments of Google , As follows ：
however ,Google Health The closure of does not mean the end of Google's exploration in the field of health care . Google parent Alphabet It also has two other departments that focus on health care ——Calico and Verily Life science subsidiary , They will be in Google Health Continue operation after shutdown .
Google's chief medical officer Karen DeSalvo（ Leader 「 Regulatory and Clinical Affairs team 」） Directly to Google's chief legal officer Kent Walker Reporting work ;
Google Health A team of clinicians （ Build more convenient tools for doctors to search health records ） Direct to Jeff Dean Reporting work ;
Focus on medical imaging and other projects AI The team directly to search and AI Vice President, Yossi Matias Reporting work .
From touch and climb to final dissolution ,Google Health What happened ？
Google Health Founded on 2018 year 11 month , Amalgamated DeepMind Its health department DeepMind Health And responsible for promoting 「Streams」（ Help doctors identify and diagnose the patient's condition more quickly APP） The team . At the time , Medical guy 、 Geisinger Medical Center CEO David · Dr. Feinberg became Google Health Responsible person .
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however , Unfortunately , Since its establishment ,Google Health No significant progress has been made .
such as ,2020 year 4 month ,Google Health Announced a partnership with apple to develop COVID-19 Contact tracking technology , Intended to create a state-of-the-art contact tracking APP. But the result is , Although this one APP Free and open to American mobile phone users , But it didn't have much impact on contact tracking .
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Besides ,Google Health He has also been accused of putting the personal health information of millions of users at risk , And was fiercely criticized .
By the end of this year 3 month ,Google Health Have a total of about 700 Employees , Engage in research 、 imaging 、 Work on clinical tools and health sensors .
This year, 6 month ,Google Health Ushered in a major restructuring , There are about 130 Employees were transferred to other departments . at that time , According to Google employees and an internal memo ,Google Health The number of employees has been reduced to about 570 people , Reduced the appointment 20%. among , Some employees were transferred to search and search Fitbit department .
Now , With the resignation of the person in charge and the adjustment of various projects and teams ,Google Health also 「 At the end 」.
It's not just Google , Other technology giants have also failed in the field of health
Google's dismantling of the Health Technology Department , What does it mean for large technology companies in the medical industry ？ Large technology companies may have the technical power and ability to manufacture healthcare products , But they are also reshaping the health technology brand .
Over the years , Microsoft 、IBM、Facebook It seems that the medical and health projects of many technology giants are not developing smoothly .
Microsoft has tried personal health record business , But in the end it failed . stay 2007、2008 About years ago , With the smart Bracelet 、 Watches and other equipment enter the market , quite a lot IT Manufacturers have great hopes for personal health services , They hope to provide a more personalized health service through personal health information records and detection equipment data . At this moment , Microsoft was founded 2007 Launched in 2013 HealthVault Personal health information management service application , However, due to the low adoption rate , The project ended in 2019 Put on hold in .
It was also reported that IBM As early as this year 2 Considering selling Watson's health business in January . according to the understanding of
IBM Watson The annual income of the health business is about 10 Billion dollars , But not yet profitable . Before that , The company is in 2018 year 7 The internal testing phase in June provided the wrong treatment for hypothetical cancer patients , And because of weak demand 2018 It is difficult to retain major hospital customers in , So it has been attacked for years .
Facebook Digital health attempts have not made much progress .Facebook A preventive health （preventative health） Tools , Even cooperate with some of the top hospitals in the United States , To help with
Artificial intelligence Driven medical research , But because of the Cambridge analysis scandal and the strong opposition to privacy in the media , It also affects its development .
It's as if technology giants are betting on health , This is largely due to the problem of trust ： These technology giants have evaluated the privacy and security that data sharing brings to consumers . future , Because healthcare will be consumer experience centric , So for large technology companies , Privacy security may be an insurmountable obstacle ：56% Consumer representation of , They won't believe that technology companies will keep their health information confidential .
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