VP, Google Health
Dr. David Feinberg is a health industry vet, having served as CEO of hospital network Geisinger Health before joining Google Health in 2018. He was initially hired to tie together the disjointed health ventures of Google, such as wearables unit Google Fit, artificial intelligence group Google Brain and home automation division Google Home, as well as its core search and cloud teams.
He arrived as parent company Alphabet was acquiring its way to a miniature health empire in such areas as fitness tracking (thanks to 2019 pickup Fitbit), which joined AI for disease screening (DeepMind in 2014) and smart homes for aging independently (Nest in 2014). The latter two firms moved into health upon joining the Google fold.
Google’s heritage in data services, paired with Feinberg’s familiarity with health systems, could give the company an edge when vying to provide hospitals with software and cloud storage — a hugely lucrative area. According to the tech press, he could use the wins: Two years on, Google Health is still struggling to find its identity within the other health units and is starting to feel pressure to drive revenue.