Google may turn out to be a major player in mobile and wireless health after all.
Less than two months after the Internet search leader announced it was shutting down its overhyped, underadopted Google Health personal health records platform, comes the news that Google is paying $12.5 billion to acquire Motorola Mobility. (Is anyone surprised by this? I was at first, until I stepped back and realized that probably was the reason Motorola Inc. split into two companies back at the beginning of the year, handset cable TV set-top box and gadget manufacturer Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions, which enterprise and business networking technology.)
Ostensibly the deal is to give Google some of Motorola Mobility’s nearly 17,000 patents to help protect against lawsuits related to Android smartphones, but look what Motorola has going in healthcare.
No, I’m not talking about ruggedized, disinfectable smartphone handsets for hospital environments. The line of “enterprise digital assistants” actually is from Motorola Solutions, the part of Motorola that Google is not buying.
Sure, the more commercially oriented Android handsets and tablets that Motorola Mobility makes could play a role in healthcare, but come on, let’s face it, the iPad rules the tablet market among physicians right now, and the healthcare smartphone market is dominated by iPhone among individuals—and the occasional medical school—and BlackBerry at the enterprise level. Sure, Android smartphones and tablets could make inroads in the future, but that may be small potatoes compared to the potential the Google-Motorola combination has in connected health. Keep reading>>