Apple quietly acquired Gliimpse, a startup that lets individuals manage and share their own health information.
(CCM) — Apple's digital health team has made its first known acquisition, with the buyout of personal health data startup Gliimpse. Gliimpse's main focus is on making health information more accessible and controllable by individuals, giving them the power to collect, personalize, and share their own medical records. The startup was first launched in 2013 by Anil Sethi — a serial entrepreneur and former-systems engineer at Apple — and Karthik Hariharan, and was borne of personal need on Sethi's part for easy access to his own medical information without the hurdles that many people face when their information is only accessible by medical professionals.
Although the acquisition is said to have taken place earlier this year, the first confirmation of the hush-hush deal came on Monday. However, Apple is remaining characteristically tightlipped on how it aims to integrate the budding startup into its products, saying to Fast Company that "[we buy] smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans." The best assumption is that Apple is carving out a niche in the mobile health and wellness sector, with Gliimpse's mission falling perfectly in line with recent Apple acquisitions, like HealthKit, CareKit, and ResearchKit. So far, the acquisition has not been announced on Apple's website or LinkedIn page.
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