Fitbit and Google partner to drive Innovation in digital health and wearables

Fitbit and Google partner to drive Innovation in digital health and wearables

So far, Fitbit, known for its fitness wearable gadgets, has sold more than 76 million devices, built a community of more than 25 million active users and possesses one of the world's largest health and fitness databases.

Fitbit meanwhile also stated they would be using Google's cloud storage facility as well.

Healthcare providers are also able to run analytics from the clinical data gleaned from various aggregated medical and clinical systems.

The agreement between Fitbit Inc and Google isn't just limited to the Cloud Healthcare API. It's also unknown exactly which current Fitbit wearables will be compatible with the system or if we'll have to wait until next-generation models are released to gain this new functionality. Fitbit's slice of the wearable-device market has declined amid increasing competition.

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Gregory Moore, Vice President of Google Cloud Healthcare, has said that together the two companies will "have the opportunity to deliver up-to-date information to providers, enhancing their ability to follow and manage the health of their patients and guide their treatment". This, in turn, will give the doctors the access to patient health activity along with the medical conditions.

The wearables maker will use Google's API to more smoothly integrate its day-to-day user health metrics with a patient's EHR.

Fitness trackers monitor and collect reams of data, but that data not always used effectively. Fitbit is switching to Google's Cloud Healthcare API to make user data more accessible by doctors. In terms of partnerships, this one makes sense - if you ignore the concerning data sharing practices. "We hope that by helping them take advantage of our highly secure platform and support for open standards, we can bring better health to more people around the world". The attackers also reportedly had access to customer data, including Global Positioning System history, which shows where a person regularly runs or cycles, as well as data showing what time a person usually goes to sleep (see Fitbit Hack: What are the Lessons?). Google Cloud is also committed to meeting the requirements for security and privacy in the healthcare industry, with the majority of Google Cloud products supporting HIPAA compliance, including Cloud IoT Core. This will enable it to create better and more useful data that can be put towards improving health outcomes.

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