CNBC reported that several current and former employees confirmed that several Health Health health programs that had previously been distributed around the world had now been merged, with the entire team already over 500 people and working in a unified office in Palo Alto. The office was originally the office of Nest, Google’s smart home appliance group.
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Since Google began to dabble in hardware, Google Health, which was established in 2018, has been an important product area for Google, with a team of more than 500 people, led by David Feinberg, who joined Google in early 2019. Many of the team is drawn from google’s other teams, and the team is expanding rapidly, publicly recruiting more than a dozen positions on the official web.
Google and alphabet, its parent company, are counting on new business as growth in core digital advertising business slows. Sundar Pichai, Alphabet’s chief executive, who was recently promoted from Google’s chief executive to head the entire conglomerate, said healthcare offered Alphabet the greatest potential to use artificial intelligence to improve results over the next five to 10 years.
Google’s involvement in health dates back to 2006, when it tried to create a repository of health records and data. At the time, its goal was to connect doctors and hospitals and help consumers aggregate their medical data. But Google’s attempt ended in failure, with the company terminating its first Google Health product in 2012.
Google then spent years developing artificial intelligence to analyze imaging scans and other patient documents and identify diseases to predict results and reduce costs. It also experimented with other ideas, such as adding the option to talk to a doctor for people searching for medical information.
The new Google Health division is exploring new ideas, such as helping doctors search for medical records and improving health-related Google search results for consumers, but mainly by merging existing teams that have been working on health for some time.