SAN FRANCISCO – Fitbit plans to use Google’s new Cloud Healthcare application program interface to help the company further penetrate the health care system by connecting user data with electronic medical records. The companies said that by combining Fitbit data with EMRs patients and clinicians can get a more comprehensive view of a patient’s profile, leading to more personalized care. “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 health care system,” said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit, in a statement. “This collaboration will accelerate the pace of innovation to define the next generation of health care and wearables.” The companies will also look to help better manage chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension by using services such as Fitbit’s recently acquired Twine Health. Using Google’s Cloud Healthcare API, Twine can make it easier for clinicians and patients to collaborate on care, helping lead to better health outcomes and positive returns for employers, health plans and hospitals. “At Google, our vision is to transform the way health information is organized and made useful,” said Dr. Gregory Moore, vice president, healthcare, Google Cloud, in a statement. “By enabling Fitbit to connect and manage key health and fitness data using our Google Cloud Healthcare API, we are getting one step closer to this goal.”
To accelerate these efforts, Fitbit will move to the Google Cloud Platform to innovate and advance its products and services.