Fitbit Partners with Google Cloud to Make Health Data Available to Doctors

Greg Lawrence
May 1, 2018

Fitbit CEO James Park said the cooperation will push the pace of innovation and define the next generation of healthcare and wearables. "We have been using the Google Cloud Genomics API for a long time and are very excited to see Google Cloud expanding its offerings to include the new Cloud Healthcare API", said Somalee Datta, Ph.D., Standford School of Medicine Director of Research IT.

Adam Pellegrini, GM of Fitbit Health Solutions, told MobiHealthNews that the revamp of Fitbit's infrastructure not only allows the company to more securely manage and transfer users' health data across entities but it will drive more informed and coordinated clinical decision making.

"I think this will enable us to really create a fantastic healthcare professional experience and in my mind that's how I picture this as being different". It will also provide better tracking through FIT's other services, such as Twine Health.

A clear example of this is the February acquisition of Twine Health, a digital coaching platform focusing on the management of chronic conditions.

Apple is using its Watch as a platform for digital health services, including clinical research projects, while it is also testing a feature to allow iPhone owners in the United States to download electronic medical records from their hospitals. This will be possible due to Google's engineering support, AI, machine learning, as well as new predictive analytic algorithms.

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The report further suggests that apart from announcing the partnership of both the companies, a joint statement was released which said, "Finally, Fitbit and Google are collaborating to bring together the strengths of both companies to innovate and transform the future of wearables". "You can be proactive in care and you can be efficient in care".

Fitbit Inc notes that this combination of information will allow those in the medical industry to better make decisions about a customer's health and how to move forward with treating issues.

Also, as a part of the deal, Fitbit says that it will use Google's existing cloud storage platform which is already compliant with the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability act are also known as HIPPA.

Furthermore, the two companies are looking to explore how Google Cloud's machine learning APIs can help uncover deeper insights to benefit users.

Fitbit is teaming up with a big tech company to step into the health care world.

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