A report revealed on Monday, August 22, that earlier this year Apple acquired personal health digital records startup Gliimpse as part of its strategy to increase its focus on health application tools.
According to Apple Insider, Gliimpse's acquisition by Apple potentially opens the possibility of implementing enhancements to ResearchKit, HealthKit and CareKit. Gliimpse's technology is focusing on patients with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and cancer.
According to Fast Company, personal health data records startup Gliimpse has built its technology to help patients collect, personalize and share their personal health data. The startup was launched in 2013 by Karthik Hariharan and Anil Sethi, who was at one-time an Apple systems engineer in the late 1980s.
After taking his company Sequioa Software public in the year 2000, Sethi has spent over a decade working with health startups. He stated that the mission of Gliimpse is to eliminate issues linked to personal health data being scattered across multiple providers of healthcare. This situation is a challenge in the way of easy access or share of personal health information between emergency personnel, caretakers or patients.
The Gliimpse platform is intended to make medical records easily comprehensible and condense them into standardized coded elements for health providers and patients to easily have access to information and trends. Apple acquired Gliimpse earlier this year, but up to date it kept quiet about it. The purchase has been confirmed now by Apple.
Apple's Intents With Gliimpse Platform
The acquisition of personal health data records startup Gliimpse will help Apple's efforts in digital health. Apple has delved into this field in recent years with a range of services such as ResearchKit, CareKit and HealthKit.
These services allow researchers, clinicians and patients to access important wellness and health data via mobile devices. That is matching Gliimpse's mission of uniting various streams of health data.
There are rumors claiming that Apple is working on a new health-focused device able to collect data such as blood sugar changes, pulse, heart rate, and more. Reports suggest that company's health development team is been working on the project for over two years.