Alphabet's life science unit develops device to collect, sync medical information for clinical study participants

According to a Federal Communications Commission filing, Alphabet's Verily unit, formerly known as Google Life Sciences, has developed a device designed to collect and sync medical information for clinical study participants. The wireless hub, called Connectivity Bridge, can be installed in medical facilities or in homes, allowing patient data collected with various sensors to be uploaded to the cloud for analysis.

Specifically, Connectivity Bridge, which the FCC approved in September, but only recently published details on, uses open source software and lets users charge and sync their Study Kit, which is a suite of apps and devices to help collect health data. While the analytics software is still in development, the finished product will run open source software.

Last year, Google's life sciences group disclosed that it is developing a health-tracking wristband that carries sensors to continually produce an electrocardiogram measuring the wearer's heart rhythm, pulse and skin temperature, along with environmental information such as light exposure and noise levels. At the time, Andy Conrad, head of Google's life sciences team, said the intended use for the device is as "a medical device that's prescribed to patients or used for clinical trials."

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