With Google's Help, Fitbit Is Making Moves Into Health Care

Fitbit will use Google Cloud to make its data available to doctors		
		
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"This collaboration will accelerate the pace of innovation to define the next generation of healthcare and wearables", said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit, in a press release. The Cloud Healthcare APIs are created to be easy to use and integrate, and Google officials say the system is fully compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (aka HIPPA). The fitness wearable manufacturer will adopt the recently revealed Google Cloud for Healthcare APIs (application programming interfaces), which promises to make sharing fitness and health data safe, easy, and secure.

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. Fitbit and Google also plan to examine how they can use the data to help people manage chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

Finally, the two companies will seek to develop new types of wearables and wearable services in general.

Pellegrini did, however, hint at the impact Google's AI and machine learning expertise could have on data collected through these devices and uploaded to a patient's EHR. This includes the ability to link data from FIT to electronic medical records.

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Ultimately, the end goal for Fitbit is for the platform to help train machine learning models to predict and identify earlier diagnoses and potential health problems. "You can be proactive in care and you can be efficient in care".

Fitbit has teamed up with Google in an effort to get more deeply involved in the healthcare sector. 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.

Part of Google's vision, according to Moore, "is to transform the way health information is organized and made useful", which he believes will be achieved by this collaboration.

The addition of Google's Cloud services is said to provide Fitbit "with next-generation cloud services and engineering support." . The API and Cloud Platform are HIPAA compliant.

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