Dutch University and Alphabet Partner on Medical Smartwatch

Radboud University and Google’s parent company will use the smartwatch for medical research

The Netherlands’ Radboud University is partnering with Verily, the life sciences company owned by Google parent Alphabet, for medical research. Together, they will use a new health smartwatch in health-focused studies.

medical research

The smartwatch, dubbed ‘Study Watch,’ will capture crucial health data for continuous care platforms and clinical research. Rather than managing notifications from one’s phone, Study Watch is for large-scale medical research.

Dutch-led research project

Radboud University, located in Nijmegen, is one of the first organizations to partner with Verily and use the Study Watch for research purposes. The watch will deploy in the “Personalized Parkinson’s Project,” led by ParkinsonNet and Radboud University Medical Center.

The wearable technology will allow Parkinson’s patients to have their heart rate variability tested wherever they are. This will drastically ease the testing process, which was previously done in a hospital by a healthcare professional.

Study Watch purpose and future applications

Verily’s Study Watch monitors the wearer’s heart rate, the skin’s ability to conduct electricity, body movement and more. It can also produce a recording of the heart’s electrical activity, often used to reveal heart problems. The watch’s interface is simple and purpose-based, designed to maximize battery life and raw data processing and storage. As a result, the information the watch collects will be instrumental for medical professionals treating a variety of patients.

In the future, Verily hopes the watch will be an asset in large research groups around the world.

Medtech and life sciences hub

Offering a high-quality infrastructure for research, Holland is the ideal location to conduct cutting-edge medical research such as Study Watch. The Netherlands provides a pro-business climate, making it one of the most concentrated life sciences regions in the world.

More than 2,500 life sciences companies have operations in the Netherlands, including MSD, GlaxoSmithKline and Medtronic. The country’s health sector includes 12 research universities, 82 hospitals and eight university medical centers. Google, also an Alphabet company, has invested in the Netherlands with data centers and more.

Source: Engadget

14 April 2017

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