Google will take over part of DeepMind’s health business

Alphabet is shuffling some of its companies around as it works to better organize the health projects that are currently spread across its subsidiaries. So going forward, DeepMind’s health unit will instead exist under the Google umbrella and it will be part of the company’s recently formed Google Health initiative. Specifically, DeepMind’s Streams app, which physicians in the UK have used to help treat their patients, will be moving over to Google, and the Google Health team will be working on expanding the app to more regions.

Google recently brought in David Feinberg to lead the new Google Health group, with the goal of organizing Alphabet’s health efforts and enhancing collaborations across its subsidiaries. “This is a major milestone for DeepMind,” DeepMind said in a blog post about the move. “One of the reasons for joining forces with Google in 2014 was the opportunity to use Google’s scale and experience in building billion-user products to bring our breakthroughs more rapidly to the wider world.” It added that Google will now help make DeepMind’s vision of bringing Streams to nurses and doctors around the world a reality.

DeepMind has applied AI to a number of medical challenges. Along with Streams, it has developed tools that can spot eye diseases as accurately as humans and systems that can help doctors plan cancer radiotherapy treatments more quickly.

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