Fitbit, known for its fitness wearable gadgets, has joined hands with Google which will enable former to explore digital healthcare solutions to cater people in healthcare space. Together they seek to innovate and transform the future of digital health and wearables.
The collaboration will put up tough competition to already established players like Amazon and Apple in digital healthcare space.
Fitbit has said that it will use Google’s apps, Cloud Healthcare API, to connect its fitness tracking devices to the electronic medical record (EMR) systems used by the healthcare professionals. This would help doctors to monitor patient’s health in a better way.
In a blog post, Gregory J. Moore, Vice President of Healthcare at Google Cloud writes, “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.”
“We’re building healthcare-specific products and solutions as well as supporting a growing partner ecosystem to help companies organise healthcare data in a way that is accessible and interoperable, but also secure, enabling them to create a positive and lasting impact on human health,” Moore further says.
The two organisations are aiming to revolutionise the healthcare sector. Both will also look to help better manage chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension using Fitbit’s recently acquired Twine Health.
The fitness tracker, Fitbit, which possesses one of the world’s largest health and fitness databases, has also announced that it would move to Google’s cloud data storage platform which will help former to develop more advanced healthcare devices without developing a platform compliant with HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).