Google has recently acquired Senosis Health, a Seattle-based health monitoring startup founded by an Indian-origin Professor Shwetak Patel. The startup turns smartphones into medical devices and collects various health statistics. Senosis Health's apps include SpiroSmart and SpiroCall, HemaApp and OsteoApp. Using various functions on a smartphone including its accelerometer, microphone, flash and camera, the Senosis apps can monitor lung health and hemoglobin counts, etc. For example, to measure the hemoglobin, Senosis' app uses the phone's flash to illuminate a user's finger. The monetary details of the acquisition are still unknown. Since Google founding in 1998, this US multinational has grown by leaps and bounds and is working on its mission to organize the world‘s information and make it universally accessible and useful.
Dr. Patel, who founded the company with four others, is a professor at University of Washington's computer science and engineering faculty. Dr. Patel was also a founder of Zensi, Inc., a demand side energy monitoring solutions provider, which was acquired by Belkin, Inc in 2010. He has also co-founded SNUPI Technologies, a low-power wireless sensor platform company and a consumer home sensing product called WallyHome. Dr. Patel has received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008 and B.S. in Computer Science in 2003. Dr Patel is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship (2011), Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowship (2011), Sloan Fellowship (2012), TR-35 Award (2009), World Economic Forum Young Global Scientist Award (2013), NSF Career Award (2013), and the Presidential PECASE Award (2016). He was also was named top innovator of the year by Seattle Business Magazine, was named Newsmaker of the year by Seattle Business Journal in 2011. His past work was also honored by the New York Times as a top technology of the year in 2005.