Streams, Google’s clinician support tool, is being discontinued. The app was used by the National Health Service of the United Kingdom to make it easier for physicians to access patient information, but it was reported that nearly all NHS Trusts had already stopped using it. The closure was first revealed by TechCrunch a few days after it was announced that Google was shutting down its health business.
- Easy accessibility: The software made it easier for professionals to access patient information such as vital signs, blood tests, and imaging data. Royal Free London continues to use Streams, according to a Google Health official, and “will continue to do so in the near future.” The decision to decommission Streams was decided before Google Health’s restructure, according to Google.
- Reorganizing: Google is undergoing a healthcare reorganization. An insider revealed earlier this week that Google was reorganizing its health division, moving activities that were formerly housed under the Google Health banner to more general categories. Google’s health artificial intelligence group, for example, will now subordinate to the company’s chief of search and AI.
- Revelation: Dr. David Feinberg, Google Health’s vice president, revealed last week that he would be stepping down to become the president and CEO of EHR provider Cerner. More than 130 people from Google’s health division were transferred to its search and Fitbit operations in June.
- Restructure: Even though Google’s health activities have been restructured, the firm continues to invest in health and fitness. Google ultimately completed its $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit earlier this year, which had been stalled due to regulatory issues.
- New tool: Google unveiled Care Studio in February, a tool for clinicians to let them look through health records more simply. The company released a research app in December that streamlined clinical trial recruiting and showed study participants how their data was utilised.