Samsung to conduct research for medical sensors at UCSF
It appears that the next big wave in mobile and wearables is in the health-related arena. Apple has been hiring in this area, presumably for the Apple iWatch, and there is talk of a Healthbook app that will be on iOS 8. With this mind, Korean manufacturer Samsung has opened a lab on Friday, at the University of California San Francisco. The lab contains a test bed that will study medical sensors and other technology based on health related issues.
The lab will host trials in the hopes of commercializing sensors and algorithms in the goal of pushing forward digital health technology. Samsung's point man on this project is Young Sohn, who is running the Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center in Silicon Valley. Michael Blum, a cardiologist who is UCSF’s associate vice chancellor for informatics, says that there has not been enough testing of health-related devices to make Doctors feel comfortable with using them. "The reality is, some of this stuff is going to work and some of it isn’t," said Blum.
Samsung is not getting involved in devices that provide a diagnosis and treatment options. Those type of devices require FDA approval. Instead, Samsung is working on consumer oriented devices to give people the information they need to keep them feeling well.
The building at UCSF where Samsung will have its lab
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