Fitbit and Google Team Up to Link User Data With Medical Records


For Google, this means that they can continue to push along to their goals of taking a major step into the world of health, which is accounted for $3.3 trillion in spending previous year in the United States alone.

"Data exchange is one piece but it's the fact that we can enable doctors, care managers, dieticians, health coaches, all to work together in a care team format using this type of healthcare API; [that we can] tear down the silos of health information by bringing in data and also bidirectional data", Pellegrini said. The idea is to give patients and clinicians a more comprehensive view of patient's health to support more personalized care, according to a news release.

Fitbit also recently acquired Twine Health, a service created to help manage chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.

In 2016, Fitbit ended a similar partnership with Microsoft, which allowed users to sync personal medical data with the software company's HealthVault technology. It could also analyze data to determine future health outcomes.

The Cloud Healthcare API is just a new product from Google Cloud and it's part of their vision to build "healthcare-specific products and solutions".

How Will Fitbit Collect The Data?

"Look at what happened with Facebook and Cambridge Analytica", he says.

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Fitbit Inc notes that this combination of information will allow those in the medical industry to better make decisions about a customer's health and how to move forward with treating issues. Fitbit will use the API to ensure that its data is safely transferred to Google's cloud. In that case, HIPAA may not apply, but they will be subject to other laws, such as the FTC Act, he adds.

There are more than 76 million Fitbit devices out there and more than 25 million active users in their community so helping millions of people get better healthcare through wearables is a big deal.

The wearable fitness tracking device has always been associated with tracking fitness and physical activity. Once inside the accounts, the attackers changed details and attempted to defraud the company by ordering replacement items under the user's warrant.

At the time of publishing, we haven't heard back from Fitbit. Also, the inherent benefit of the above arrangement is that the healthcare professionals will have direct access to the medical records of the patients right from the wearable they are wearing.

Fitbit, Inc. and Google recently announced that they have partnered up to accelerate innovation in digital health and wearables.