Report: Google acquires diagnostic app developer Senosis Health

According to sources familiar with the matter, Google acquired start-up company Senosis Health for an undisclosed sum, GeekWire reported. Senosis is developing apps that use existing functions of a smartphone, such as its accelerometer, microphone, flash or camera, to monitor and diagnose various conditions.  

Last September, Senosis unveiled the HemaApp, which uses a smartphone camera to estimate haemoglobin concentrations and screen for anaemia. Meanwhile, the company's Bilicam app uses a smartphone's camera and flash to identify jaundice in babies by "examining wavelengths of light absorbed by the skin," while SpiroSmart and SpiroCall require people to blow into their phone's microphone, in order to perform lung function tests.

Senosis co-founder Shwetak Patel and his colleagues at the company will reportedly remain at Google to support a digital health effort based in Seattle, rather than joining the latter's Verily life sciences division. Senosis was said to be in the process of raising a series A financing round from venture capital firms when Google's offer was tabled.

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