Google, Fitbit Partner For Healthcare Services

01 May, 2018, 12:45 | Author: Tracy Craig
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Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT) stock was up today on news that it is working with Alphabet Inc's (NASDAQ:GOOG,GOOGL) Google.

Taking another stride in the digital healthcare segment, Google announced its collaboration with Fitbit to help drive positive health outcomes at scale. Fitbit CEO James Park said the cooperation will push the pace of innovation and define the next generation of healthcare and wearables. "By enabling Fitbit to connect and manage key health and fitness data using our Google Cloud Healthcare API, we are getting one step closer to this goal", said Gregory Moore Vice President, Healthcare, Google Cloud. 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.

Currently, Google is partnered with the Stanford School of Medicine as part of their early access launch. Recently acquired Twine Health, meanwhile, will help the company give more insight into issues like diabetes and hypertension. Fitbit will use the API to ensure that its data is safely transferred to Google's cloud. "Together, we 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 transition will come with services and engineering support to help Fitbit scale more quickly, as well as improve its data security and privacy, thereby accelerating the Fitbit Health Solutions business and permitting secure population health analysis.

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"As I've shared in the past, Google Cloud's vision for the healthcare industry is very much a reflection of Google's overall mission".

Furthermore, Fitbit and Google are collaborating to bring together the strengths of both companies to innovate and transform the future of wearables.

"Really the most exciting thing to me is the leveraging of their AI and machine learning capabilities [to] do predictive analytic algorithms", he said. The API and Cloud Platform are HIPAA compliant. Google's own Anroid Wear platform hasn't exactly set the world of smartwatches on fire, so it's hard to predict what the two companies might accomplish together.

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