Google appoints its first chief health officer, who was once a civil servant in the Obama administration, while the company takes a deeper dive into health care
- Dr. Karen DeSalvo was hired as the first chief health officer of Google Health
- Google Health is a personal registration service that allows users to store and manage their health information online
- She worked in the Health and Human Services department between 2014 and 2016 under former President Barack Obama
- DeSalvo has been teaching medicine and public health at the University of Texas at the Dell Medical School in Austin for the past two years
Dr. Karen DeSalvo (photo), a former officer in the Health and Human Services Department under President Barack Obama, has been hired as the first chief health officer of Google Health
Google announced on Thursday that it has hired its first chief health officer while the technology company is taking a deeper dive into healthcare.
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, a former health officer who worked under the Obama administration, was called the new head of Google Health.
Google Health is a personal registration service that allows users to store and manage their health information online.
DeSalvo has been teaching medicine and public health at the University of Texas at the Dell Medical School in Austin for the past two years CNBC.
This is the second former federal health official hired by Google.
Last month, Google's parent company, Alphabet, formerly commissioned Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Robert Califf to lead the Google Health strategy and policy team.
Both Califf and DeSalvo will start their role later this year.
In recent years, Google had announced that it would invest heavily in healthcare, such as new drug research and making sure it served more life sciences companies.
Last year, Dr. David Feinberg was tapped to lead Google Health from his role at Geisinger, a regional healthcare provider in New Jersey.
DeSalvo reports directly to Feinberg and will advise the technology company on Google Cloud's doctors, nurses and caregivers, according to CNBC.
She will also advise Verily, a research organization at Alphabet that focuses on the study of life sciences and potential future technology.
In addition to her role at Dell Medical School, DeSalvo has served on various medical boards, such as that of Humana, a health insurance company.
She was also Assistant Secretary of Health and National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in the Health and Human Services Department between 2014 and 2016 under former President Barack Obama.
Google has started investing heavily in healthcare, such as new drug research and making sure it served more life sciences companies. Pictured: the entrance to the Google UK offices in London
Alphabet and Google are not the only technology companies that have invested in healthcare.
In 2018, Amazon, JP Morgan Chase and billionaire Warren Buffet announced that they were setting up a joint company that would provide high-quality healthcare to their employees.
Shortly thereafter, Uber announced Uber Health, a service that would bring patients and caregivers to and from healthcare.
And earlier this year, the UK National Health Service announced to work with Amazon's AI speech assistant Alexa to answer medical questions such as & # 39; Alexa, how do I treat a migraine? & # 39; or & # 39; Alexa, what are the symptoms of flu? & # 39;
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