Verily is developing a ‘Connectivity Bridge’ that can be placed in medical facilities or homes to collect patient data. The device, which looks a little like a snorkel mask, uses various sensors to quickly upload information to the cloud for analysis, reported Business Insider.
Verily’s Connectivity Bridge which was approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in September 2015, uses open source software and lets users charge and sync their Study Kit devices, or apps and products developed by Google that help researchers collect data. The device is already being used for data analysis in a multiple sclerosis study at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
The product could offer an advantage over traditional data collection methods, as study participants can submit information through the bridge without internet access.
Last year, Verily released a suite of Study Kit apps and is also working on an experimental health-tracking wristband for patients in clinical trials. The wristband measures vital signs and also external information like noise levels to give scientists a better picture of a patient’s health.
Google also said that it was developing software to help researchers securely store, analyse and interpret the data from those wristbands, so the connectivity hub could be part of that process.