Google’s Plans for Improving Healthcare

March 18, 2020

David Feinberg, MD, vice president of Google Health (left), discusses Google Health’s plans with Howard Krein, MD, PhD, chief medical officer of Startup Health (right).

As technology giants Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and others forge ahead with plans to improve healthcare, many in the industry are wondering just what they plan to do and how they plan to do it.

David Feinberg, MD, vice president of Google Health and former president and CEO of Geisinger in Pennsylvania, discussed Google’s plans during an interview session at the 2020 StartUp Health Festival in San Francisco.

Google Health was created about a year ago to bring together different product areas within Google into a single unit. Feinberg says he is the only product lead at Google who is not an engineer. “They needed somebody who knew healthcare,” he explains. “There was an understanding that this is not simply a technological fix like Gmail.”

According to Feinberg, Google Health plans to use its search technology, its data analytics ability, and its artificial intelligence capabilities to improve healthcare on multiple fronts.

“This was an opportunity to really improve people’s lives around the world,” says Feinberg, a psychiatrist by training, adding that he took the job after Google assured him that patients who use Google services would “be treated as if they are our patients.”

“When you get a new diagnosis, you go to Google,” Feinberg says. That’s why improving the accuracy and quality of information people get through a Google search is important.

Read the full story now: Google Health Chief Outlines Multi-Pronged Plan to Improve Healthcare

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