May 17, 2020

Google’s new wearable is a health tracker designed just for doctors

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Google has developed a wristwatch-like device that can track your pulse, activity level, heart rate and skin temperature.
Step aside Google Glass, Google has created another device intended just for health professionals.

A health tracking wristband intended to be used in c...

Step aside Google Glass, Google has created another device intended just for health professionals.

A health tracking wristband intended to be used in clinical trials and drug tests has recently been revealed by Google Inc.’s life sciences group Google X.

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According to our sister brand Business Review USA, the experimental device can measure pulse, heart rhythm, skin temperature and environmental information such as light exposure and noise levels.

Andy Conrad, head of the life sciences research team, told Bloomberg in an interview that the device is designed to be a medical one rather than a consumer-facing product.

The tracker, which is in fact a wearable, is similar to a smartwatch and is meant to target early diagnosis in patients.

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Many doctors believe that 50 percent of diseases go from bad to worse because of improper or late diagnosis. Google is hoping to change this statistic however by creating a technology that can extract continuous medical-grade information about the wearer. Doctors can then study and understand recurring patterns of diseases and find the best solution to combat them.

The Google X team previously brought us Google Glass and seems to continue to want to venture into the health sciences realm.

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It is reported that the team will be launching a range of medical products including a blood glucose-monitoring lens, the Lift ware spoon designed to counteract tremors caused by Parkinson’s disease, nanoparticles that will detect disease and Baseline.

The tracker will undergo further testing in the coming months with the goal of achieving regulatory clearance in Europe and the U.S.

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May 12, 2021

OMNI: First-ever platform to launch citizen RPA developers

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OMNI is empowering employees to become ‘citizen RPA developers’, democratising automation and other AI technologies

Robotic process automation (RPA) is the fastest growing segment of the enterprise software market due to its many benefits - from reducing manual errors to processing tasks faster. For businesses to truly benefit from this technology, RPA needs democratisation, and this is where citizen RPA development comes in. 

Gartner describes a citizen RPA developer as "a user who creates new business applications for consumption by others using development and runtime environments sanctioned by corporate IT.” This could be anyone using IT tools and technology, not limited to IT specialists. 

The work citizen RPA developers do spans from identifying automation opportunities to developing RPA architecture and solution proposals, focusing on scalability and extensibility. By deploying citizen RPA developers, organisations can enable enterprise automation and digital transformation on a much larger scale. 

This is particularly beneficial for businesses struggling to undertake digital transformation, as a citizen RPA development programme can help drive adoption of automation as a strategic growth driver at multiple levels. With increased adoption, the cost of digital transformation becomes lower, increasing RoI. 

Technology needs to be democratised – right from low-code and no-code platforms, business process modelling and identifying automation opportunities to decision-makers at all levels, creating a pool of early adopters. This group could comprise people across different functions, especially those who are aware of customer preferences, industry trends and end user experience.

But how can organisations harness the power of citizen RPA development? Step forward AiRo Digital Labs, a Chicago-headquartered global tech company. 

AiRo provides innovative digital and automation solutions for the healthcare, pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors. In 2021 they launched OMNI, a subscription-based, SaaS platform to help clients accelerate their citizen RPA developer program and build digital centres of excellence (COE) within their organisation. 

OMNI provides a personal RPA coach and virtual digital playground that helps enterprises rapidly build and scale automation, removing the risk of failure or talent gaps. The latter is key as research has shown that digitalisation is far more successful when championed by internal employees. 

This has the added bonus of empowering employees - who will self-learn technologies including robotic process automation (RPA), artificial intelligence, machine learning, chatbots, and natural language processing (NLP), reducing the lead time for new applications and technology, as well as reducing technical gaps, making up for skills shortages and enabling their business to respond faster to critical market challenges. The virtual sandbox within OMNI gives access to all the major intelligent automation platforms where citizen RPA developers can build DIY digital prototypes. Additionally, they can access more than 150 digital assets within OMNI marketplace. 

The platinum helpdesk of OMNI acts as your personal coach and is available 24 x 7 to address issues during the digital learning, prototype building, and digital governance journey.  

Another key benefit is that it enables digitalisation to be bespoke to each organisation, compared to off-the-shelves initiatives plugged into the enterprise. Individual organisation's objectives decide the scope and size of the process. 

As Gartner state, in today’s world of SaaS, cloud, low-code and “no-code” tools, everyone can be a developer. 

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