27 December 2016
Apple has purchased personal health and wellness startup Gliimpse as it increases its focus on health and fitness landscape.
Founded in 2013, Gliimpse collects various fitness related data for its users and helps "to collect, personalize, and share a picture of their health data". The health tech startup allows users to make daily journal entries abut their health and emotional well being, track lab results, as well as record levels of pain which can be later shared with a physician. The startup is meant for those suffering from serious health ailments like diabetes and cancer.
The company funded by serial entrepreneur Anil Sethi as he saw his sister struggle through breast cancer. He states that during the tough time he discovered how difficult it is to manage your personal health data.
The company's website says that "Gliimpse began with a simple idea – everyone should be able to manage their health records, and share them securely with those they trust. Currently in stealth, Gliimpse is healthcare’s platform for building patient-centric apps. By unlocking hospital silos, we aggregate fragmented data into Medicare mandated patient summaries. Gliimpse is your personal health history, in the palm of your hands".
Apple had acquired the company earlier this year and has now confirmed the acquisition. "Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans."
Apple has increased its focus on health tech in the last few years, with the launch of the Apple Watch. It had introduced HealthKit in 2014, followed by ResearchKit and now CareKit. According to reports, the company's next wearable will come with even more health tracking features.