Apple has acquired a startup called Gliimpse, according to Fast Company. Gliimpse’s technology is designed to allow users to collect and manage their own health record. It’s a direct reflection of CEO Tim Cook’s plans for the $9 trillion a year healthcare industry.

Apple with a big pile of money

Gliimpse

Gliimpse’s technology helps users gather their own health record across as many as a 1,000 different systems. While we have a right to that data—in part due to requirements in Obamacare—those systems all use different methods to store it. That makes getting it the difficult task, and Gliimpse was working on solving that problem.

Apple acknowledged the acquisition with its boilerplate statement: “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”

Health Care

As mentioned, Tim Cook has said his company sees the healthcare industry as a major opportunity. It’s a huge industry around the world, at $9 trillion per year. In an unrelated interview with Fast Company, Mr. Cook said:

So if you don’t care about reimbursement, which we have the privilege of doing, that may even make the smartphone market look small.

Acquiring Gliimpse falls squarely in this strategy. The ability for Apple’s devices and services to collect, personalize, and share one’s medical records would be invaluable to many.

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wab95

Bryan: This development is huge and could lead to a major transformation in patient management. Potentially. Maybe. Why not unequivocally? Let me explain. In wealthy and well-resourced settings like Western Europe, Japan, the UK and the US one of the greatest residual threats to health and survival is a disruption to continuity of care. Continuity of care involves routine and regular healthcare provision to a patient by a dedicated provider such that important healthcare needs are met without delay or interruption. There are two major reasons, among others, that disrupt continuity of care. One is patient behaviour, namely a patient… Read more »

To be precise, a patient’s right to data has to do with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and not ObamaCare. For more details check out HealthIT.gov

paikinho

I will be waiting for the HealthKit Glimpse App to feed my data into a matrix to help keep me healthier.