Fitbit joins Google Cloud Healthcare API to share health data with doctors

Fitbit will use Google Cloud to make its data available to doctors		
	Brian Heater

   	8 hours

Fitbit will use Google Cloud to make its data available to doctors Brian Heater @ 8 hours

Fitbit Inc (NYSE:FIT) stock was up today on news that it is working with Alphabet Inc's (NASDAQ:GOOG,GOOGL) Google.

In addition to partnering with Google, Fitbit also hopes to use Google's Cloud Healthcare API with Twine Health, a healthcare coaching app that the company acquired earlier this year, to help manage chronic conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension.

The agreement between Fitbit Inc and Google isn't just limited to the Cloud Healthcare API. Fitbit CEO James Park said the cooperation will push the pace of innovation and define the next generation of healthcare and wearables. This will give not just the patients but also the clinicians a bigger picture of the patient profile in order to make healthcare more personalized rather than just generic.

Also, as a part of the deal, Fitbit says that it will use Google's existing cloud storage platform which is already compliant with the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability act are also known as HIPPA. A specially developed dashboard interface will allow users to view the data, but more importantly, it will give doctors the ability to remotely monitor a patient's condition, check in on fitness levels, and request appointments.

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With the agreement, Fitbit will have access to a new software tool from Google Cloud to encourage more integration of data in the health-care industry. By using Google's Cloud Healthcare API, Twine can make it easier for doctors and patients to collaborate about care plans, Fitbit said.

Fitbit's move to Google's Cloud Platform will help facilitate Fitbit's healthcare plans.

How Will Fitbit Collect The Data?

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's commitment to meeting the requirements for security and privacy in the healthcare industry, means consumer data generated by Fitbit will be protected, the company added.

Google's artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities and new predictive analytic algorithms will further Fitbit's efforts to bring more meaningful data and insights to consumers to help them achieve positive health outcomes, according to the companies' statement.

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