Apple has purchased yet another company. This one is Gliimpse, a startup that helps users collect and personalize their health records, according to Fast Company. Apple has confirmed the deal, which actually happened in early 2016, but they kept it quiet.
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"Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," a spokesperson told Fast Co. As a general rule, this is true. however, it is likely that what they work on will be included in the HealthKit to help doctors improve treatment for chronic diseases and other health problems.
Anil Sethi, the founder of Gliimpse gives a little bit of insight into the app on Linkedin, saying that he created the app because "there's no single electronic health record that all physicians use ... Worse, there isn't even a common file format across 1,000+ systems." Traditionally, the app is used by patients who have complex health records due to diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart problems.
HealthKit is used by half of the hospitals in the US to help monitor patients. The hope is that researchers will be able to conduct trials to help gauge the effectiveness of the treatments for chronic diseases. Gliimpse collects confidential data, so there is a very strict and rigorous security system within the app.
It is likely that we won't see any additions from Gliimpse for a few generations.