In this latest research, the detection of diabetes-related diseases from photographs of the outside of the eye was analyzed, using the cameras used in clinics.
“As early results are promising, we are looking forward to clinical research with partners including EyePACS and Chang Gung Memorial Hospital (CGMH) to investigate whether photos from smartphone cameras can help detect diabetes-related diseases from external photos of the eye as well”, they underline from the company.
This project is also in the early stages of research and development, but everything indicates that progress will continue along this line and promising results could soon arrive.
The search engine and news to improve searches related to health
Google also announced that the search engine was optimized so that users in the US find more relevant information about their health providers.
“The search team recently launched features to help people navigate the complex healthcare system and make more informed decisions.s, like finding health care providers that accept your insurance,” was mentioned at the meeting.
Among the new features is a feature that shows the availability that health care providers have so that the user can easily book an appointment.
It should be noted that it is a tool that is currently available on a limited basis, in the United States. In the future, the idea is to expand the functions so that this service has a greater scope.
Fitbit and a tool for heart monitoring
Another of the announcements was related to Fitbit, which received authorization from regulatory entities both in the United States (FDA) and in Europe (CE) for the application of electrocardiogram (ECG)which is used to identify atrial fibrillation, a condition that affects more than 33.5 million people worldwide.
Fitbit conducted a major clinical trial in the US that tested the algorithm’s ability to accurately detect atrial fibrillation from normal heart rhythm and generate an ECG trace, the recording of a heart’s electrical energy. The report showed that the algorithm had the ability to detect 98.7% of atrial fibrillation cases and was 100% accurate in identifying study participants with normal sinus rhythm.
Fitbit’s new device ECG app helps analyze your heart rhythm for signs of atrial fibrillation. In this way, the platform offers a tool for users to take an on-the-spot reading of their heart rate at any time.
Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death worldwide, despite being one of the most preventable conditions. Latrial fibrillation, an irregular heart rhythm that increases the risk of serious complications such as stroke, can be particularly difficult to detectas episodes may sometimes show no symptoms.
Some studies suggest that up to 25 percent of people who have atrial fibrillation-related stroke find out they have atrial fibrillation only after a stroke has occurred, they note in the released statement.