Fitbit, Google sign new innovative healthcare partnership

Otis Hoffman
May 2, 2018

"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".

To initiate the partnership, Fitbit will utilize the Google Cloud Platform.

As of October 2017, more than 6.8 million Fitbit users connected their data to various health programs through employers, insurers or health systems.

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James Park, Fitbit's co-founder and CEO, said that working with Google will give them the opportunity to reach more people around the world faster while also enhancing the experience they offer to users and the healthcare system.

Google is already providing services to several major healthcare customers, including the Cleveland Clinic, Lahey Health, M*Modal, Middlesex Hospital and Chapters Health System and the Rush University Medical Center. Although Twine has EMR integration, Fitbit's collaboration with Google will give it another way to connect user data with electronic medical records, a Fitbit spokeswoman said in an email. Working together provides an exciting opportunity to leverage Fitbit's leading wearables brand, community, data, and popular devices alongside Google's expertise in building platforms, software and services.

In an effort to significantly raise its profile in the health care field, Fitbitis partnering with Google to improve its ability to share data with medical professionals.

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Doctors would then be able to actively monitor all their patients' data from anywhere. It could also analyze data to determine future health outcomes. This will save Fitbit from having to reinvent the wheels all over again as they are getting to make good use of existing facility without having to set up one of their own.

Fitbit's wearables are about to get a lot smarter. Fitbit recently acquired Twine Health and so having data from the API can also help manage chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension by letting the patients and clinicians work together on their daily care. Clients using TensorFlow gain access to the Tensor Processing Unit to run and scale their models, according to Google Cloud's website. Google Cloud is also committed to meeting the requirements for security and privacy in the healthcare industry, with the majority of Google Cloud products supporting HIPAA compliance, including Cloud IoT Core.

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