Google and Fitbit team up to work on next-gen fitness and health tracking

Google and Fitbit team up to work on next-gen fitness and health tracking
Google and Fitbit have teamed up to improve the way fitness trackers handle user health data, EconomicTimes reported. The fitness tracker maker has announced Monday that it will implement Google’s Healthcare API to deliver health data directly to electronic medical records (EMR) systems used by doctors and hospitals.

The ultimate goal is to provide clinicians with more comprehensive information about their patients, so they can receive personalized care, tailored to their needs. The steady flow of health data would also help doctors identify otherwise difficult to diagnose diseases and react accordingly, the companies hope.

"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 James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit. "This collaboration will accelerate the pace of innovation to define the next generation of healthcare and wearables."

Both companies have had troubles in recent years, with Fitbit losing quite a bit of steam to Samsung, Apple, and other smartwatch makers, and with Google failing to turn Android Wear (now Wear OS) into a viable alternative to watchOS and Tizen. But the new partnership could be an indication of bigger, better things to come from the two companies.

"Finally, Fitbit and Google are collaborating to bring together the strengths of both companies to innovate and transform the future of wearables," Google and Fitbit said in the official announcement of their partnership.

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11 Comments

1. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Good move for Google and Fitbit. They should collaborate on a smartwatch together.

2. rubertus

Posts: 57; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

versa 2 with Wear OS

9. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

hell no. Android wear is awful

3. surethom

Posts: 1719; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Google fit is terrible, please brink Constant heart rate & more importantly Sleep tracking to Wear OS.

4. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2253; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

What makes people think this will turn around the smartwatch and fitness tracking. Nope! Apple has captured this market. It's a matter of how Apple scales the fitness tracking.

5. ONmyLvL_

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

Not all of us are iSheep, the apple watch is nice but not for Android. Hopefully Fitbit can help Google with its fitness game including the battery life. I am sure Google is thinking about the health care sector with this partnership since both are testing concepts.

6. surethom

Posts: 1719; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Something needs to be done health is terrible on Wear OS, we need health/fitness as standard on android wear OS for heat rate & sleep.

7. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

I just hope this around they will use a round display.

8. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3151; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The Fitbit app works beautifully on Android, iOS and Windows. Don't touch it!!

11. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

*touches the app* whatcha gonna do lol

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