Google buys health monitoring startup

Google buys health monitoring startup
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Google on Monday bought Senosis Health, a startup that creates products used to monitor diseases.

The startup makes tools focused on tracking lung function, taking hemoglobin counts and helping treat newborn jaundice, according to Geekwire.

The acquisition is only the latest move involving a tech company expanding into healthcare.

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Google’s parent company, Alphabet, recently launched a subsidiary called Verily Life Sciences, which aims to use smartphones as tools for health diagnostics.

According to Geekwire, Senosis will not be part of the Verily team, even though the company also makes smartphone-based health apps.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Last month, media reports revealed that Amazon is quietly working on several tech health projects. Amazon’s lab, called 1492, is working on advancements in electronic medical records, telemedicine and health apps for their products like Amazon Echo.

Outside of the 1492 team, Amazon Web Services, the company’s cloud computing unit also competes with Microsoft and Google for contracts with hospitals.