Google Launches Health Research App Focusing on Respiratory Illnesses


  • Google has launched the Google Health Studies app for Android phones with the initial focus on respiratory diseases such as COVID-19. The app is now available in the play store
  • Google allied with researchers from Harvard Medical School and Boston Children Hospital for the first study, which will be open to adults in the US and will focus on identifying how these types of illnesses evolve in communities and differ across risk factors such as age, and activities
  • The app provides a platform for researchers to reach a large & diverse population to better understand human health while providing the public with greater opportunities to contribute to medical research

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