Dear fellow digital health enthusiasts, 

November brought darkness (literally, because of winter. We won’t start being poetic all at once, no worries) but let’s focus on the positive things: It’s finally time for Lebkuchen

Enjoy your digital health read. 

—15min Digital Health Briefing #29—

Imagine a search bar on top of your EHR (electronic health record), doctors consulting YouTube for how-to’s during surgeries and improved health searches that don’t make us think that every headache is a brain tumor. David Feinberg, Head of Google Health, spills the beans where he wants to position Google in the future, introducing «Doctor Google». [≈ 5min]

The rumors we mentioned last week are no rumours anymore. Google acquired Fitbit for USD 2.1bn in cash (USD 7.35 per share) and pits Google against fellow tech giants Apple and Samsung in the wearable fitness tracking space. Fitbit has 28 million active users worldwide and has sold more than 100 million devices. In the announcement, Google specified that «Fitbit health and wellness data will not be used for Google ads. … and we will give Fitbit users the choice to review, move, or delete their data.» [≈ 8min]

Xiaomi, a chinese Tech giant, offers everything from headphones and fitness bands to tablets and power strips and water purifiers. In 2018, Xiaomi was the world’s fourth-largest smartphone manufacturer, leading in both the largest market, China, and the second-largest market, India. This week Xiaomi unveiled its new Mi Watch bearing a striking resemblance to the Apple Watch. The Chinese company is well known for offering top-notch hardware quality but also for stealing the best designs from competition, as this device clearly shows. [≈ 2min]

Closing as always with the quote of the week: «Mark Zuckerberg should pay a price for what he is doing to our democracy.» Hillary Clinton (2019), Former Secretary of State.

—15min Digital Health Briefing #29—

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Have a productive week,
Dominik & Min-Sung