Here’s a look back at Google top 5 healthcare moves since the start of the year:
1. In January 2021, Google completed its acquisition of Fitbit over a year after inking the buy, officially marking its inroads into the wearables market.
2. In April, Google teamed up with major health system Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) to let providers use the tech giant’s clinical search tool, Care Studio.
3. In August, Google reportedly dismantled its Google Health division, right after its VP David Feinberg jumped ship to become CEO and president of electronic health record giant Cerner.
4. This month, Google revealed new Search tool features that’ll make it easier for patients to find doctors near them and determine whether or not they accept Medicare.
This move will likely succeed among adult patients, considering many are turning to online search directories like Google’s to find new providers: More than 1 in 3 patients use Facebook, Yelp, and WebMD to research and select a doctor, per PatientPop.
5. Also in December, Google announced a partnership with the WHO to build an open-source software development kit enabling Android developers to create health apps and boost access to healthcare in low-income countries.
This initiative will help the tech giant get another leg into digital health developments on a global scale. While Google is still pursuing digital health opportunities in the US, it faces far less competition in the global market, where Android is king among mobile phone users.