Google and its parent company Alphabet are known for being on the bleeding edge of consumer technology. However, the tech giant has hit the ground running with health technology as well.Within the last year, Google has focused in on investments and acquisitions across the healthcare spectrum and has expanded its current product offerings to push the envelope of emerging tech in healthcare. Notably, in early November, Alphabets smart city arm, Sidewalk Labs, spun out a new health unit that aims to use tech to bridge the public health gap, called Cityblock.And in the first few days of 2018 alone, Google made several strategic investments into fledgling health IT companies, including precision medicine startup DNAnexus and mental health specialist Quartet, which calls on machine learning in combination with specialists to recognize patients with unidentified mental health conditions and connect them with care.

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