Search giant Google has reportedly acquired a Seattle-based health-monitoring startup called Senosis Health, reports GeekWire citing people familiar with the deal. Founded by Shwetak Patel, an Indian-origin professor at the University of Washington, Senosis Health does the job of turning smartphones into health monitoring devices to collect data such as haemoglobin counts and other vital information.
According to The Verge, health monitoring with regards to the lung, haemoglobin counts, and more is possible, thanks to various functions on a smartphone, i.e., flash, camera, microphone, and accelerometer. For example, haemoglobin count can be measured with the help of phone’s flash to illuminate a user’s finger. Patel along with four others from the University of Washington founded Senosis Health.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time Patel’s startup has landed in the hands of Silicon Valley companies. In the past, Patel’s startups have been acquired by companies such as Belkin International and Sears.
The acquisition of Senosis Health denotes Google’s interest and expansion into the digital health segment. A couple of years ago, Google-parent Alphabet Inc. announced Verily, the company’s research wing dedicated to the study of life sciences. Verily formerly a division of Google X, until Sergey Brin announced it would become an independent subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. in 2015.
In spite of all that, Senosis Health will not be a part of Verily’s team, as reported by GeekWire. The report also suggests Senosis would remain at Google to form “the backbone of a digital health effort based in Seattle.”
Last month, Google bought a Bangalore-based AI startup Halli Labs, which was founded by Pankaj Gupta in April this year. Before Halli Labs, Gupta was worked at Twitter and Stayzilla.