Fitbit will use Google Cloud to make its data available to doctors
01 May, 2018, 12:47
The idea is to give patients and clinicians a more comprehensive view of patient's health to support more personalized care, according to a news release.
The tie-up also includes collaborating on both wearable devices and data for healthcare systems such as electronic medical records.
Fitbit announced today its plans to use Google's new Cloud Healthcare API to help hospitals and doctors better manage a users healthcare. To turn things around, Fitbit has been shifting its focus from just weekend athletes to healthcare and in February acquired healthcare data service Twine, which helps connect people with chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension with coaches and doctors.
Google's Healthcare API, announced in early March, processes and manages types of healthcare data, such as HL7, FHIR and DICOM, and enables professionals to use the data for analytics and machine learning in the cloud. "This collaboration will accelerate the pace of innovation to define the next generation of healthcare and wearables".
The deal with Google means that Fitbit will have access to a new tool that encourages more integration of data across the health-care industry.
"Over the past decade, we have built an incredible foundation as the leading wearables brand, helping millions of people around the world make lasting behaviour changes that improve their health and wellness through fun and engaging experiences".
The wearables maker will use Google's API to more smoothly integrate its day-to-day user health metrics with a patient's EHR. Google Cloud provides Fitbit with next-generation cloud services and engineering support, allowing Fitbit to scale faster.
The partnership with Alphabet Inc.'s Google is the first sign that Fitbit Chief Executive Officer James Park is executing on his vision to rely less on consumers and more on the health-care industry.
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.
Another benefit comes for Fitbit Inc is how well the platform will allow its service to grow.
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