Google, Fitbit partnership will improve digital health and patient care

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Wearables hardware company Fitbit has announced that it has signed a new collaborative agreement with Google that will look to accelerate innovation in the digital health sector.

"Working with Google gives us an opportunity to transform how we scale our business, allowing us to reach more people around the world faster, while also enhancing the experience we offer to our users and the healthcare system". Fitbit's ability to contribute data to the Google Cloud Healthcare API provides plenty of additional data to work with, especially since the data can be connected to electronic medical records.

Fitness trackers monitor and collect reams of data, but that data not always used effectively.

It will also be worth noting the fact that Fitbit wants to be on the top of the chart when it comes to the healthcare industry. In its earliest stages, Google partnered with medical facilities like the Stanford School of Medicine, so a deal with Fitbit should prove a solid step toward mainstreaming its offering.

"Open standards are critical to healthcare interoperability as well as for enabling biomedical research".




Google says its health application programming interface provides "a robust, scalable infrastructure solution to ingest and manage key healthcare data types - including HL7, FHIR and DICOM - and lets our customers use that data for analytics and machine learning in the cloud".

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

In 2016, Fitbit ended a similar partnership with Microsoft, which allowed users to sync personal medical data with the software company's HealthVault technology. However, Google's smartwatch is not as popular as Fitbit's wearable devices. The API and Cloud Platform are HIPAA compliant. Fitbit will use the API to ensure that its data is safely transferred to Google's cloud.

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. 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.

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