Fitbit is looking to track far more than just your steps. The company is expanding its digital health efforts by teaming up with Google to connect its wearable devices to the healthcare system.
As part of the companies’ partnership, Fitbit will use Google’s new Cloud Healthcare API, an open-source tool designed to connect healthcare providers with patient data, to further integrate user data into the healthcare system. Fitbit wearers, for example, will be able to link their personal activity data with their electronic medical records. This will enable doctors to access the most up-to-date patient data and make it easier for healthcare providers to collaborate on a patient’s individual medical needs.
“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,” said Fitbit CEO James Park in a statement. “This collaboration will accelerate the pace of innovation to define the next generation of healthcare and wearables.”
As part of a bid to expand beyond wellness and into healthcare, the companies will also work on better managing chronic conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, through Twine Health, the HIPAA-compliant cloud-based health management platform Fitbit acquired in February.
Fitbit says it will be able to leverage Google’s artificial intelligence, machine learning capabilities, and predictive algorithms, to bring more meaning to Fitbit users. The two companies also plan to collaborate on developing next-generation wearables.
“Our vision is to transform the way health information is organized and made useful,” said Gregory Moore, vice president of healthcare at Google Cloud. “By enabling Fitbit to connect and manage key health and fitness data … we are getting one step closer to this goal.”