Google dismantling its health division, reconsiders strategy for healthcare

Google Health is no longer just a single team, but a significant company-wide effort that touches many of our products, according to Jeff Dean.

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Google is reportedly eliminating its health division after VP, David Feinberg, MD, joins Cerner as its newest President and CEO, according to an internal memo.

In an internal memo sent by Jeff Dean, head of Google’s research division to employees stated Google Health will no longer function as a unit.

Said unit was formed in 2018 and included AI research teams Google Brain and DeepMind, as well as health teams from Nest Labs, the connected-home company Google bought in 2014.

As part of the restructuring, CMO Karen DeSalvo, MD will now report directly to Jeff Dean. In addition, Google Health’s clinician team will report to Jeff Dean and its AI team will report to Google’s search and AI team.

That being said, this will not kill Google’s ambitions in healthcare. “Google Health is no longer just a single team, but a significant company-wide effort that touches many of our products,” tweeted Jeff Dean. “Moving forward the Google Health name will encompass all our health initiatives.”

Just recently, we have reported about the significant reorganization of Google Health. That plan involved the team downsizing and a streamlined focus on clinical and regulatory work rather than consumer-facing offerings.

“We brought together some teams to combine expertise and focus our efforts on health and wellness,” Google Health said in a statement to Insider about its reorganization at the time. “Google Health will continue to build products for clinicians, conduct research to improve care and make people healthier and to help ensure all health-related projects at Google meet the highest standards.”

Guess that plan is now in jeopardy but we’re sure the search giant will a new way to approach the health space. More to come, obviously.