Fitbit Partners with Google

Isabelle Harrel, Staff

On Monday, April 30, Fitbit announced that it will be using Google’s health data standards for apps, which is referred to as the Google Healthcare API.

Fitbit plans on using the Google Healthcare API so that it can connect peoples’ electronic medical records to their devices. The goal is for doctors to be able to have access to patients’ healthcare information by looking at their Fitbits.

The company will also begin to use Google’s cloud data storage plan. This will keep Fitbit from having to develop a similar plan on their own.

According to Fortune.com, “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 CEO, James Park,said in a statement.”This collaboration will accelerate the pace of innovation to define the next generation of healthcare and wearables.”

A statement made by Fitbit and Google hints that there may be more cooperation between the two companies in the future.

“Finally, Fitbit and Google are collaborating to bring together the strengths of both companies to innovate and transform the future of wearables,” both Fitbit and Google said in a statement (fortune.com).

No specific details have been released by either company.

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